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A family member passed away recently (sister), and because

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A family member passed away recently (sister), and because of an on going family fued between my sister and I and the sister who passed and her surving daughter, the daughter left the names of my sister and I out of the published local newspaper obituary column as surviving siblings. It was nasty, hateful and humiliating for my sister and I and we are wondering if we have any legal recourse. We would like the newspaper to aknowledge the mistake and publish our names as surviving siblings. What can we do if anything?

INFOLAWYER :

Hello and thank you for the question. I am sorry to read of this dilemma.

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contact the publisher

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it should publish a correction

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that is normally how it is handled rather than a lawsuit

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if publisher resists, a lawyer may contact and insist on this reasonable step

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Is that clear?

Customer:

But, won't the publisher contact the family who provided the obituary to get their consent?

INFOLAWYER :

He would

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but if the information is confirmed as false

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he would need to update it

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you may also contact the family and demand it support the revision

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so it becomes a joint request for revision

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and again, a lawyer letter can help secure such support

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is that clear?

Customer:

I know without a doubt that the family would not support a revision. Also are you saying a lawyer letter to the publisher ( not the family member), or both.

INFOLAWYER :

I would suggest a lawyer letter to both publisher and family demanding the publication be corrected and made truthful. This will put some pressure of a possible claim and is the best way forward.

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i trust the answer is clear

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wishing you the best.

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My condolences on your loss.

Customer:

Thank tou

INFOLAWYER :

Very welcome. Have a nice evening

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