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Legal Advice for the Formerly Deceased

 So I've got this story (a sort of lovecraftian noir thing) where my main character dies and comes back to life. How would he go about being declared legally alive again? 

He's in his early 30's, a smoker and a drinker, poor, Creole (African American, Native American and Spanish, looks mostly African American), worked as a private investigator (which he got into by working as a bouncer) and lives in New Orleans, LA. Timeline is 2000-2010. He was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer, told his friends in New Orleans, and decided to quit his job and spend his remaining months travelling and with his parents. He dies in a hospital, is buried, and there is legal documentation of his death. If he was exhumed, they would find a corpse. He appears a few years later in New Orleans. 


My questions are: 


1.) Obviously he wants to reclaim his original identity and continue working as a PI, but the question is, how? What info I can find online about reversing legal death is vague, and only deals with reversing declaration of death if the person was missing, not declared medically dead. He has friends who can vouch for his identity and identification. How long he has been dead is adjustable. 

2.) What happens to any outstanding debts, or property he may own if he is declared alive again? He did not have a will. 

3.) Who would be notified of his death, outside of his family? 

4.) Would he be better off just getting a really good fake ID and applying for a new PI license under a fake name? Or working as an unlicensed PI? Or just using his old PI license and hoping no-one checks up on it? Or asking his old employer to hire him and pay him under the table (he worked for PI firm before he died). How feasible are these options? Would a background check tell an employer that he has been declared legally dead?

Search: Wikipedia- Legal death, association of dead people, Death, Motl Brody, Google; reversing a legal declaration of death, legal death. 

Thank you in advance for your help.


Tags: usa: government (misc), ~private investigation
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