Can I leave instructions in my will for my psychotherapist be given my ashes and funds needed to travel to dispose of them?
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I have agreed with each of the 2 above comments because I do not know the ETHICS of your THERAPIST's profession, only the Evidence Code PRIVILEGE issue, ~ although I can understand that you feel an intimacy with your Therapist.
Are you asking about a document that you intend be honored by other third parties, if/when they find it? Who will know where to look?
If you make these arrangements with a mortician, i.e. the person(s) doing the cremation, will have direct evidence, from you in their business records and ALSO know to whom to deliver your ashes.
If you change your mind, you can inform the mortician.
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You can leave whatever instructions for your final arrangements you wish. They are not, however, legally binding.
This is general advice. You are anonymous. If you PM me i won’t know what it’s about.
We are attorneys and so we are versed on the rules of ethics for attorneys. If you want to know about the rules of ethics for a therapist ask her.
As to the legality of it, I am aware of no law prohibiting it.
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