post mortem

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Post mortem is Latin for "after death." Some common uses of the term “post-mortem” in a legal sense include the following:

  • Post-mortem tax planning involves creating a plan to reduce tax liability for the estate and its beneficiaries after the testator dies.
  • A postmortem examination is an autopsy of a deceased person.
  • Post-mortem publicity rights refer to the rules that govern the commercial use of an individual's name, likeness, or other recognizable aspects of one's persona after their death.

[Last updated in July of 2020 by the Wex Definitions Team]