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Arranging a Funeral – Rights & Responsibilities


Arranging a funeral – legal rights and responsibilities

Arranging a funeralThe question of who has the right to arrange a funeral might sound an easy one to answer but in fact the answer is not always a simple one.

Divorce and multiple relationships can lead to the issue of who has the right to arrange a deceased person’s funeral becoming very unclear.

Children of the deceased might disagree over the details of the funeral arrangements and arguments can even breakout over where and when the ashes should be scattered.

So, if you’ve ever wondered who does have responsibility for arranging a funeral or what legal issues are involved in burial or cremation,  then our bite-size guide explains the law in a straight forward, easy to follow way.

Our guide to arranging a funeral will help answer common questions such as:

  • Who is entitled to the body?
  • Who is responsible for paying for a funeral?
  • Is it necessary to use a funeral director?
  • Where can a burial take place?
  • Are funeral costs deductible for IHT purposes?

Find the answers to all these questions and more in our latest addition to our growing number of How-to Guides.

Get the How-to Arrange a Funeral Guide

Design and plan your own funeral

We can help you to ease the burden on your family and friends when it comes to the time for your own funeral.

We can help you to set out your wishes clearly and even help you to write your own eulogy and plan the perfect send-off.

We can also help you to arrange a pre-paid funeral plan with an independent funeral director of your choice – all for a fixed one-off fee or low monthly payment to suit your budget. Find out how to secure the funeral of your choice and fix the price now here


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