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Joseph, Family Law Attorney
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Good evening, I am in desperate need of legal advice. My husbands

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Good evening, I am in desperate need of legal advice. My husband's brother, my brother in law, has passed away this past Monday morning. However, his wife is not divulging any information about the funeral or visitation and is informing people that the funeral will cost a certain amount of money otherwise there will be no funeral. However, should my husband's sister-in-law threatened to cancel the funeral altogether. Now, if she does this can his children from a legal standpoint (he has three daughters 22, 20, and 17) step in and go forward with funeral proceedings if she cancels the funeral or has not made any funeral arrangements whatsoever?

Yes, the other family members may step in and make funeral arrangements. While these arrangements often fall to the spouse, there is nothing wrong or unlawful about the arrangements being handled by the children or other family members.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Hi Joseph,

Thank you for answering my question about my brother in law. We had additional questions. Is the funeral director not able speak to him about the funeral arrangements she is making or has made if she has requested him to?

it is certainly possible that the widow specifically requested off the director that he not disclose any information. While I would think that this would be unusual, it certainly may be the situation here.