Fort Pierce, FL asked in Family Law for Florida

Q: Can a funeral home put your name in an obituary without your consent for someone you don't know? I

My biological father died, I'do not know him, never met him yet his wife put my name in his obituary even after I asked her to remove it she did not and it was published without my permission. They lived in NC,

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Most if not all funeral homes allow the immediate family to write the obituary. And I have never heard of any funeral home that in any way edits any obituary written by the immediate family. However, why not try?

Moreover, once the obituary is written and published in some local newspaper the funeral home has no power to change anything in it. However, I suppose that if you object to the newspaper that published the obituary they might--or might not--write a correction note in the obituary section and might also publish the fact that you are very angry.

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