I am sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your father. Unfortunately the statute of limitations has probably for you and your mother to bring a lawsuit given your father’s death 16 years ago. However, you should check with a local personal injury attorney ASAP because statutes of limitation are state specific, sometimes with many exceptions to the rule
There are deadlines called statutes of limitations which limit the time you have to file your case.
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Coming from a California lawyer, there is nothing to do about this. There is a possibility that you could sue your MOTHER if she was involved in somehow wrongfully defeating or avoiding a valid claim you had as a minor, and that you are still within time limits to bring a claim against her. This is extremely unlikely and very distasteful; and most likely you will see this discussion as a waste of ink. However, that is the only possible avenue for recovery of any money that I see that might be remotely within your described facts.
I am sorry you feel that you were left out or didn't get satisfaction from this tragedy. I am sorry you lost your dad. Fathers are extremely important. However, I think your mother probably had very good reasons for her decisions; and I recommend you move on without dwelling further on this.
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