A bill I introduced has been signed into law. Public Act 57 of 2016 will allow an individual to designate a funeral representative to handle his or her final disposition. The bill will improve efficiency and simplify the process for making and carrying out funeral arrangements in Michigan.
Too often we hear of heartbreaking disputes between family members following a loved one’s passing. This legislation is meant to prevent those situations by providing clarity to family members for who is responsible for handling all funeral, burial, or cremation decisions.
Under current law, when an individual dies in Michigan, decisions regarding funeral arrangements and final disposition of remains are made by the next of kin. When more than one individual comprises the next-of-kin class — for example, when the deceased had several children — a majority within that class would be responsible for making arrangements. Allowing the designation of one clearly identified, consistent contact will benefit those involved in the funeral process, as well as the family who may otherwise have difficulty making arrangements.