III. Autopsy and disposition of remains.


In the absence of written instructions, nearly every state gives your blood relatives the right to control the disposition of your body, including funeral arrangements, upon your death. The only current exception is for civil union spouses in Vermont, who have the same right to control the disposition of remains as does a married surviving spouse. Written instructions let you express your wishes regarding these issues and name the person you would like to carry them out. In most states, these instructions are legally binding.

Even if you live in Vermont and are in a civil union, it is advisable to leave written instructions in case something...

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