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Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.

Experience in the area

I have monitored the funeral industry on behalf of consumers for over 20 years. I have been a guest speaker to funeral trade organizations, consumer workshops, and social service professionals. I am regularly consulted by lawyers and legislators as well as journalists.

Organizations

Funeral Ethics Organization (www.funeralethics.org) Funeral Consumers Alliance (www.funerals.org)

Publications

Caring for Your Own Dead (1987) Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998) I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch (2001) Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011) with co-author Joshua Slocum

Education/Credentials

Masters degree in Administration and Special Education

Past/Present Clients

Available as an expert witness for funeral-related court cases.


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Recent Answers from Lisa Carlson

2015-03-07 My dad's remains:

Who paid for the cremation? Have you asked that person for the cremated remains?    The funeral home will claim that they had a contract with the person who paid and that by not paying, you gave up your

2015-03-04 disinterment:

I am sorry for your loss. Yes, as next of kin you have a right to decide about cremation. I wouldn't bother to mention this to the cemetery. You will need to hire a funeral director to oversee the disinterment

2015-02-10 Funeral Home GPL:

NO, a casket is NOT a cash advance item. Cash advance items are third-party items like obit and flowers or clergy honorarium.    Alas, in Florida the FD doesn't have to refund the casket money if you move

2015-02-09 exhumation of cremated remains:

Just out of curiosity, have you remarried? If so, that may have thinned your rights. But check with the sexton of the church cemetery and explain your wishes. If they give you a hard time, tell them you

2015-01-27 starting family cemetary:

Check with the local zoning laws which are likely silent except in Bibb county. Then draw a map of your land showing where the family burial ground will be and pay to have it recorded with the deed. A

 

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