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 ?
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.
Estate Planning Attorney
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.
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Agree with above answers. They have no contractual or legal obligation to pay the cremation costs.
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