I had medical decision making authority for a friend who has died. How much can I do after his death ?
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As agent under a advanced directive, unless there is a superseding writing contrary, you are responsible for post death arrangements. This includes who to involve in the services and arrangements and who not. If there is a trust or probate estate, you may need to notify family regarding assets, but not disposition of his remains.
I have the read this a few times because you talked about the brother and then you said “he lived with me”. Then I realized that “he” was the deceased—not the brother. I don’t think you have any duty to notify anyone. Unless those were the instructions, you don’t have to do so.
One reason you might wish to do so is that you probably don’t wish to pay for any final arrangements for the remains of his time on this plane. But again, I don’t think you have any legal duty to do anything further.
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