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Part 1: Medical Death versus Legal Death, Know Your Rights
Lawyers and doctors rarely agree on anything and death is no exception. If you’re planning on publishing posthumously, pay special attention to the exact time of your death. Check to see that hospital and/or hospice records correspond to the death certificate, and make sure the latter has raised seal. Failure to do so might jeopardize future royalties, cause problems with the IRS and Social Security Administration; and moreover, leave hopeless legal morass that will have to be cleaned up by your surviving loved ones. There are copyright issues as well; chances are you completed your opus magna before you actually died, in a legal sense or a medical sense. If this is not the case you may need to seek professional help.