Lawyers in several states are examining the legal question of posthumous divorces in light of recent probate law changes and a handful of unusual lawsuits that deal with spouses who died during divorce proceedings.

In Pennsylvania, an attorney is seeking a first-of-its kind posthumous divorce settlement following the death of her client — a dentist who was killed in his home in April, the night before he was to sign divorce papers. Yelenic v. Yelenic, No. 10944 (Indiana Co., Pa., Ct. C.P. 2003).

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