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A summary of the law is that if they are moving the body from one plot to another in the same cemetery, this is legal, but they are required to provide notice to the immediate family members.
Washington State law controlling this situation can be found at: http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/funeralcemetery/docs/cemeteryLaws.pdf
68.50.200 Permission to remove human remains.
Human remains may be removed from a plot in a cemetery
with the consent of the cemetery authority and the written
consent of one of the following in the order named:
(1) The surviving spouse or state registered domestic
(2) The surviving children of the decedent.
(3) The surviving parents of the decedent.
(4) The surviving brothers or sisters of the decedent.
If the required consent cannot be obtained, permission
by the superior court of the county where the cemetery is situated is sufficient: PROVIDED, That the permission shall
not violate the terms of a written contract
or the rules and regulations of the cemetery authority.
RCW 68.50.200 and 68.50.210
do not apply to or prohibit the removal of any human remains
from one plot to another in the same cemetery or the removal
of [human] remains by a cemetery authority from a plot for
which the purchase price is past due and unpaid, to some
other suitable place; nor do they apply to the disinterment of
human remains upon order of court or coroner. However, a
cemetery authority shall provide notification to the person
cited in RCW 68.50.200 before moving human remains.
You may file a complaint for the failure to provide you with notice and the cemetery's improper burial at:
Please let me know if you need further information.