Dallas, TX asked in Estate Planning for Michigan

Q: Disposition of remains

If a man left specific instructions on his funeral with an unrelated trustee and purchased a cemetery plot before he died, but he did not leave any written instructions, can a daughter change his plans?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
Answered
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Michigan has a funeral representative statute. If the specific instructions conform to that statute, than the trustee makes the decisions. If there is a dispute, the funeral home make require a probate court order - particularly if the dispute is between burial or cremation. If the dispute is about flowers, music, and such: the funeral industry is a business, and directives will come from those who pay the bill.

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