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Experience:  Experienced in Trust and Succession Law, including Louisiana Laws
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My son passed in June of this year. My question is. Did the

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My son passed in June of this year. My question is. Did the coroner have the right to let a non family member ID the body. This is illinois by the way.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Estate Law
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Do I have any legal recourse ?
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 2 years ago.

Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

I am afraid that there is no law in IL that states that a family member must ID a body. They cannot release a body to the immediate legal next of kin, but anyone who knows the person can actually ID the body. If they released the body to someone who was not the legal next of kin, then you could sue the coroner for infliction of emotional distress.