It is possible to settle a wrongful death without an attorney. However, unless your goal is to allow insurance companies to keep money that should go to those in bereavement due to the wrongful death of a loved in, it is not advised. Your first contact in a wrongful death situation might be with an insurance adjuster for the company insuring the person who negligently caused your loved one’s death. Though the adjuster you might be dealing with might well be a very nice individual and feel sorrow for your loss, the bottom line is that that person’s job is to save as much money as possible for his/her employer. Moreover, the only thing that will force the insurance company to pay a fair and reasonable amount in settlement is if you have an experienced wrongful death attorney fighting for you–someone the insurance company knows can and will if necessary take the case before a jury. If you live in Missouri or Illinois and have lost a family member and want to investigate the potential of a wrongful death lawsuit, call my office at (314) 872-2120 or 1-800-431-3212 to get professional guidance.