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Legal News | 9.11.23

What lies beneath?


You may or may not have thought about funeral arrangements when you die.  Some people put a lot of thought to the matter, others leave it to their loved ones.

For many the question may come down to burial or cremation, and a choice of music for the funeral.  For others there may be more to consider and expressions of your thoughts and wishes can be included in your Will.

When it comes to disposal of the body, you cannot legally bind your family or executors but you can ensure they know your wishes.

What are the options:

  • A traditional burial – either religious or non-religious
  • A woodland burial – ecofriendly without a coffin or headstone
  • Burial at sea
  • A direct burial – a burial without a funeral service.
  • A wish to be buried on private land. There is nothing in law that prevents a deceased being buried in grounds other than a cemetery. In order to bury a body on private land, a burial licence from the relevant local authority is required and this will be a more complicated process with various factors involved.
  • Cremation with ashes then interred or scattered

Whether you would like to set out your wishes by way of your Will, or are in the process of an estate administration – Wansbroughs can assist you with this. For more information please contact us at wealth@wansbroughs.com


Posted By Our Wills, Tax, Trusts & Probate Team