Ponca City, OK asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Kansas

Q: I’m the POA & next of kin. Mother passed away, am I responsible for planning the funeral? Family disagreement over it

1 Lawyer Answer
William K. Hayes
William K. Hayes
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • South Pasadena, CA

A: Your power of attorney terminated upon the death of your mother. Assuming that your mother had no other estate planning documents, until someone is legally appointed to represent your mother's estate, it is best that you make it a group decision regarding the planning of the funeral. If your mother had sufficient assets, your next step would be to file a petition with the court for you to be appointed to handle the probate of her estate.

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