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People in Michigan will soon be able to appoint a “funeral representative”

23.03.2016 by Law Firm of Seglund Gabe Pawlak & Groth in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Legal Updates, Probate

It’s been a long time coming, but…

People in Michigan will soon be able to appoint a “funeral representative”, who is authorized to make funeral and other arrangements regarding disposition of last remains after the death of the appointing person. This appointment can be made by will, patient advocate designation or in a separate document.

Prior to this, Michigan law gave the “next of kin” the authority to control the funeral process, but they had no legal obligation to follow the wishes of the decedent, and the law did not deal with situations in which the next of kin did not agree, or where the next of kin did not follow the known directions of the decedent.

With the passage of Senate Bill 551, and the expected signing by the Governor, the new law will make the “funeral representative” a fiduciary with obligations to follow the known directions of the decedent. It will provide much more assurance to you and your family that your known directions for disposition of your last remains will be followed.

estateFor more information about this critically important new law for your estate planning and elder law planning, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Bruce R. Seglund, Estate Planning Attorney

Seglund Gabe Pawlak & Groth, PLC

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Seglund Gabe Pawlak & Groth, PLC
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Wixom, MI 48393
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