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Funeral Legal Requirements

The legal rights and responsibilities related to funeral administration.

Normally there is a personal representative (executor or administrator) who has the right to take charge of the body unless the deceased died of an infectious disease or a coroner requires the body for examination.

You do not have to use an undertaker

You are not legally required to hold a funeral and associated services

If you are the executor you can take possession of the body immediately on death

You cannot be forced into accepting responsibility for the body of a deceased person

There is no legal obligation to conform to funeral wishes

Transfer of administrator or executor rights are permissible under certain circumstances

The death has to be registered

Failure to dispose of the body can lead to prosecution (if you are the executor)

A person who commissions the services of an undertaker is responsible for the bill

You may bury the deceased on your own land (environmental rules apply)

After a body has been buried, it can only be moved with a note of governmental authority

Cremated ashes are not legally defined

There is an application procedure for cremation to eliminate foul play

A deceased person can be preserved, burial and cremation are not the only two options

Employers are not under any legal requirement to give any length of bereavement leave

Open air funeral pyres (private / home land cremation) is technically still illegal in the UK

Free Funeral Plan

If you would like to make use of our free funeral plan i.e. the funeral wishes form, please click on the button. As a result this will download a pdf copy to complete and print for your own records.