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My siblings and I would like to relocate my fathers cremains in Florida where he is alone to an existing unused family plot in Chicago. My question is do we have legal standing to move his remains, as his widow left the country years ago?

If the cemetery doesn't think so, you can certainly go to Probate Court that is likely to give you permission. You don't need a lawyer to go to Probate. You can do it with a letter to the Probate Court in the county where the cemetery is. But ask the cemetery. They may be glad to have the plot back to re-sell.


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Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.


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Caring for Your Own Dead (1987) Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998) I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch (2001) Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011) with co-author Joshua Slocum

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