When a loved one passes away, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Unfortunately, depending on relationships between kin and your loved one’s will, there can be complications. The staff at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory in Muskogee and Wagoner, Oklahoma, counsel on the importance of understanding the funeral rights hierarchy. Knowing this will avoid dissension among family members that could lead to legal battles outside of the funeral home.
In most states, funeral planning rights are passed down to direct family members, beginning with the spouse and then moving to children over the age of 18 if applicable. If the deceased is young enough, rights may also be passed on to the parents. In some cases, there may be more than one child, and the decision has to be made among the family. If no direct family members are alive, the responsibilities will pass to nieces or nephews. If still inapplicable, close relations can be considered next-of-kin, though legal authorization by the state is required. If there is an ongoing dispute between family members, the case can be taken to the probate court, though the emotional and financial stress of this situation is something you’ll want to avoid.
In some cases, the deceased may have described their wishes in their will or planned with a funeral director. The most common pre-planning is whether to be cremated or buried, though other details such as a particular funeral home or ceremony arrangements can also be included. If created with a lawyer, these wishes are legally binding, though financial difficulties with the family member can be taken into consideration. The safest way to avoid complications is to discuss with loved ones what they would like to have done when they pass. A clear written directive will ensure the process goes more smoothly.
Taking extra measures for funeral planning now can save money and heartache when the time comes. The compassionate staff at Shipman Funeral Home & Crematory can help with all your pre-planning and funeral home needs, so contact them today at (918) 485-9525 for their Wagoner location or (918) 682-1700 for their Muskogee location. You can also visit their website and Facebook to learn more.