Jan Bernardini presents The ABC's of Death and Dying at the Pima County Bar Association

Jan Bernardini and Margi Rhodes, Bring's Funeral Home, review current laws and practices for ensuring a decedent's last wishes are honored. Many lawyers place burial or cremation instructions in a last will and testament but a funeral home may not honor those instructions. Is it best to give the authority to cremate to your agent in your durable health care power of attorney? Or to execute a stand alone "Cremation Directive"? Family members may have a statutory right to trump your stated preference. How does the law treat the "family's wishes" for same-sex couples? Can you refuse (or request) an autopsy for your deceased loved one? This area of law often leads to confusion and family disagreements. The best approach may be determined by an individual's unique situation. Click here for presentation.