The California Code of Civil Procedure provides for certain heirs to file for a wrongful death action on their own behalf for the victim’s death. Those persons are the following (CCP § 377.60):
· Surviving spouse
· Domestic partner
· Issue of deceased children
· Putative spouse
· Children of the putative spouse
However, according to caselaw, unmarried persons living together but are not registered domestic partners may not be able to qualify as a wrongful death claimant for the death of the partner [Holguin v. Flores (2004)].
To be better informed about the legal standing or qualification of a person who may file a wrongful death claim, consult with a lawyer who is an expert in personal injury cases.