We are not attorneys, nor are we giving you legal advice. We have gathered some of the Texas Statutes that apply to funeral service. Read them. Consult an attorney if you need legal advice.
Health and Safety Code, Chapter 711, General Provisions Relating to Cemeteries. This is the full text. We will reference specific subsections below.
Health and Safety Code, Chapter 716, Crematories. This is the full text. We will reference specific subsections below.
Written Instrument as defined in 711.002. Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains. Go to "FORMS" to print a copy.
Other Written Directions as defined in 711.002.
Failure to Act as defined in 711.002.
Statutory Durable Power of Attorney as defined by Texas Estates Code, Title 2, Subtitle P, Chapter 752, Subchapter A, General Provisions Regarding Statutory Durable Power of Attorney. See pages 2 and 6.
Next of Friend as defined in 711.002. The "Next of Friend" status is used when there is no known Next of Kin. We have in-house guidelines to include placing obituaries to search for relatives and a 10 day waiting period prior to disposition.