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Friday, July 12, 2013

Who decides what happens at your funeral?

Most people would be surprised at the answer to the question of who decides what happens at your funeral. Most would guess that the person who decides would be their spouse or your children. But they'd be wrong. The person with the legal right to decide funeral, burial, cremation and related issues for you is your executor.

The executor does not have to follow any wishes regarding funeral arrangements that you put into your will.

This is yet another of many, many reasons why it's not a good idea to name all of your kids as your executors. Basically, if everyone is in charge, then nobody is in charge.

I'm attaching a link to an article that talks about what happens when co-executors, or family members and executors, don't agree about funeral arrangements. You'll notice that the article specifically mentions Ontario, but the law is the same across Canada.

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