When a loved one passes away, it can be a very emotional time. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for there to be disagreements over burial and funeral plans, and even what happens to ashes after cremation.
Ultimately, the decision relating to the disposal of the body lies with the executors and, as such, they can choose to act against both the wishes of the deceased and their family members. This is because a body, in the eyes of the law, is not counted as ‘property’ and so cannot pass under a will.
Courts are often reluctant to interfere, however, court proceedings can be instigated where there appears to be impulsive, unreasonable or dishonest behaviour. This is a complex area of law and needs careful consideration.
If you are in a dispute about the remains of a loved one then call GA’s specialist and professional team on 01752 203500 and see how we can help. Alternatively, email enquiries@GAsolicitors.com or fill in our contact form.
Our experienced team includes members of the Society Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), Society of Later Life Advisers, and the Law Society Private Client Section. With this in mind, you can be assured you will receive the highest levels of service and expertise.