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520 N. Sutter Street,
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: 209-565-5279
FD 2187
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: 209-565-5279
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: 209-565-5279
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: 209-565-5279
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Phone: 209-565-5279

Are You the Responsible Family Member?

We’ve seen it happen time and again. The person making the initial call to our funeral home turns out not to be the one with the legal responsibilities of making decisions related to the care of a loved one.

While they may feel that they should be the one to make these choices, the law doesn’t recognize them as such – and so their voice can become effectively silenced.

If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written document such as a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, or a Last Will and Testament, California law lists those who have the right, duty, and responsibility to make decisions about disposition arrangements after a person's death. They are, in order, as listed in the law:

  • A person, prior to his or her death.
  • The Person Authorized to Direct Disposition (PADD) on a U.S. Department of Defense Record of Emergency Data (DD Form 93) as that form existed on December 31, 2011, or its successor form.
  • An agent under a California power of attorney for health care.
  • The surviving competent spouse or registered domestic partner.
  • The surviving competent adult child or the majority of the surviving competent adult children.
  • The surviving competent parent or parents.
  • The surviving competent adult sibling or the majority of the surviving competent adult siblings.
  • The surviving competent adult or the majority of the surviving competent adults in the next degree of kinship.
  • A conservator of the person appointed under Part 3 (commencing with Section 1800) of Division 4 of the Probate Code when the decedent has sufficient assets.
  • A conservator of the estate appointed under Part 3 (commencing with Section 1800) of Division 4 of the Probate Code when the decedent has sufficient assets.
  • The public administrator when the decedent has sufficient assets.

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you are unclear as to who is the responsible person in planning a funeral for your loved one, call us.
 

The Critical Importance of Designating a Representative

If your loved one has yet to specify who they wish to be in control of their funeral service planning, and they are clear-headed enough to do so, now is the perfect time to take care of that task.

This is especially important if they think their relatives will not respect their funeral plans, or if they are on bad terms with them; do not know where they are, or do not have any living relatives.  

And, you might mention that appointing a specific person to arrange their funeral who is not a family member, but is deeply trusted, is a good way to ensure that their final wishes are carried out.

They can designate their choice by completing an Advance Health Care Directive, or the easy-to-read 5 Wishes guide from Aging with Dignity. Should you have questions about doing so, call us, or speak with your family attorney.

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Dying is one of the few events in life that's certain to occur, yet one we rarely plan for. Should we spend more time preparing for a two week vacation than we do our last days on Earth?

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209-565-5279 Colonial Rose Chapel & Cremation
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Email: info@colonialrosechapel.com
FD 2187
209-565-5279 Colonial Rose Chapel & Cremation
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Email: info@colonialrosechapel.com
209-565-5279 Colonial Rose Chapel & Cremation
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Email: info@colonialrosechapel.com
209-565-5279 Colonial Rose Chapel & Cremation
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Email: info@colonialrosechapel.com
209-565-5279 Colonial Rose Chapel & Cremation
520 N. Sutter Street
Stockton, CA 95202
Email: info@colonialrosechapel.com