Uncle died in California funeral home is trying to make grandparents responsible . can they force them to pay .

Asked almost 2 years ago - Redding, CA

uncle died in nursing home in redding , California , nursing home is trying to force my uncles parents to pay for cremation . Uncle was estranged from family and technically was homeless on disability can the nursing home force them to take responsibility for his remains if they do not want to ?

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  1. Amanda Marie Cook

    Contributor Level 15


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . No. Not unless they agreed to do so at some point. Ultimately, bodily remains are a public health concern; if no one wants to take financial responsibility then no one has to.

    THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT LEGAL ADVICE. They are provided for informational purposes only. Actual legal advice can... more
  2. David John Tappeiner

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . Agree with above answers. They have no contractual or legal obligation to pay the cremation costs.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  3. L. Maxwell Taylor

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Legally, no. But guilt is a powerful force. This was their child.

    Not legal advice as I don't practice law in California. It's just my two cents. Consult California counsel if you need legal advice. I practice in Vermont ONLY.

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