Does the eldest sibling have more legal authority in making a decision in a funeral/tombstone matter?

Asked over 1 year ago - Leonardtown, MD

My brother passed away almost 2 years ago, & he has a daughter by his first wife, he also has 3 other children, by his second wife. The second eldest child (daughter), made a decision with her older brother & younger sister, without consulting their eldest sister/step-sister. Could the eldest daughter take any legal action? Thanks!

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My brother passed away almost 2 years ago, & he has a daughter by his first wife, he also has 3 other children, by his second wife. The third eldest child (daughter), made a decision with her older brother & younger sister, without consulting their eldest sister/step-sister. Could the eldest daughter take any legal action? Thanks!

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  1. Celia R Reed

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    Answered . No, selecting a tombstone is not a legal matter. It would have been nice for everyone to have been consulted, but it is not required for this type of matter.

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  2. Steven M Zelinger

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    Answered . No.

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  3. James P. Frederick

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues. All siblings have equal rights and authority. Being oldest does not get you anything extra, except maybe if grama plays favorites.

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