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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Consent of All Adult Children for Cremation Posted on Jul 10

In Burney v. Childrens Hospital, 169 Mass. 57 (1897), the court recognized that next of kin have a right to possession of a decedent’s body.  “a right of possession is recognized, which is vested in the husband or wife or next of kin, and not in the executors.”  In O’Dea   …Continue Reading Consent of All Adult Children for Cremation