Forms and Guidelines


VITAL STATISTICS INFORMATION

(Biographical information required by the State of California to complete the Certificate of Death).

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INFORMATIONAL GUIDE

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In this section

Frequent Questions

Forms and Guidelines

Grief Support

Social Security Benefits


CONSUMER GUIDE TO FUNERAL AND CEMETERY PURCHASES

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Guía para el consumidor sobre compras de servicios defunerales y cementerio.

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ASSIGNMENT OF THE RIGHT TO CONTROL DISPOSITION

Click on the graphic on the left to download the file to assign other(s) the right to make decisions for you, when you are the legal responsible individual(s) to make arrangements in behalf of your loved one. This form must be accompanied by official photo ID, such as a driver's license, if you are not coming into our office to sign the form in person.

Who Has the Right to Make Decisions for Funeral Arrangements

DISPOSITION ARRANGEMENTS

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 / Advance Health Care Directive.
  • The surviving competent spouse or registered domestic partner.
  • The surviving competent adult child (if only one child survives) or the majority of the surviving competent adult children (if more than one child survives).
  • 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.

Details: A person may direct in writing the disposition of his or her remains and specify the funeral goods and services desired. Unless there is a written statement to the contrary that is signed and dated by the person, these directions may not be changed in any material way except as required by law.

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