Is it Legal to Fake Your Own Death?

Is it Legal to Fake Your Own Death?

Is it Legal to Fake Your Own Death?

In order to fake your own death you will need to be very careful. If you are not, you could get yourself into a significant amount of trouble with the Federal government. In the video below, you will get an overview of what can and cannot be done when faking your own death.

Faking your own death is not something we recommend but it is a legal topic that people are searching for online. So, we wanted to provide some public assistance on this topic. In this video, attorney Zach Parry will give you a good understanding on the topic in a very concise manner.

Here is the transcript of the video above:

Hi, my name is Zach Parry. I am an attorney with Lawyers Plus and today we’re going to be answering the question, “Is it legal to fake your own death?”

No this is not something I know from personal experience or because we represent a number of clients by assisting them to fake their own death. In fact, you may wonder, how do we come up with the topics for these questions we answer. And, honestly, it’s not from something we practice. It is something we research. What are people asking? Because we want to provide a public service and answer these questions. And, surprisingly, for us anyway, there are a fair number of people online asking, “Is it legal to fake your own death?”

Now, I can only begin to guess what their motives are for wanting to know. Perhaps some of them are planning it, or have designs at faking their own death. So, if you are one of those people and you found this video because you’re genuinely curious, we’ve got answers for you.
The good news is, as a general rule pseudocide, or faking ones own death, is not technically illegal. There is no statute in Nevada or Federal statute that we could find that explicitly forbids pseudocide. However, it would be very difficult to fake your own death without breaking other laws. For example, the motives for the intent to fake your death could be illegal.

If you want to evade taxes, if you want to defraud the court by evading a court order, if your design is to escape some other sort of consequence that you are legally bound to, then it would be illegal to fake your own death. If you create a false death certificate, that is a forgery. That’s also fraud. If you implicate your spouse, like maybe you have a scheme to cash in on a life insurance policy, that’s also fraud. So, depending on your motives, faking your own death could be illegal.

If you have pure motives, maybe you’re trying to escape a gang or your life is in danger. If you want to convince someone that they succeeded, which is often how it works in the movies, then it’s probably gonna be a little bit easier. However, you will not want to make a false statement to a government entity to create a death certificate or you won’t want to, if your preferred method of fake death is a car bomb, you’ll want to make sure it’s not someone else’s car. You’re not destroying anyone’s property in the process. You’re not endangering other people’s lives.

So, if you do want to fake your own death, were not recommending it. We’re not saying you should but we can’t find any law on topic that says you cannot. But you have to be careful because much of what you could do towards that goal could be illegal. Happy health.

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Matthew Pfau is a licensed attorney that practices in the areas of estate planning, probate and bankruptcy. Matthew’s ability to communicate and connect with each of his clients has set him apart from other practitioners in his same fields of legal expertise. And, because of the reputation he has earned in the community Matthew has received many accolades including being named “Legal Elite” according to the Nevada Business Journal.