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Can a deceased persons estate or family sue for libel or

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Can a deceased person's estate or family sue for libel or slander?
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The answer is absolutely not. The civil tort of defamation of character, or libel or slander, can only affect the living. Once someone is deceased, their reputation is no longer something that can be saved or defended by the courts. Therefore the deceased person's estate or family cannot sue about statements made about someone who is no longer living.

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