What happens to an award of back pay if the plaintiif dies before payout?

My dad recently passed away but 11 days before, after fighting for his disability for the past 4 years, the appeals court ruled in his favor and awarded him back pay. What happens to that back pay now?

Asked on September 9, 2012 under Estate Planning, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  The award will be an asset of his estate and when the estate is probated and the personal representative appointed he or she will have the ability to deposit it in the estate account.  Good luck.

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