Vt. Stat. tit. 18 § 5230

Current through L. 2022, c. 99.
Section 5230 - Rights of funeral director or crematory operator

A funeral director or crematory operator may determine the final disposition of remains and may file a civil action in Probate Division of the Superior Court against a person, estate, banking institution, governmental agency, or other entity which may have liability for the final disposition, either:

(1) to seek a declaratory judgment that the director's or operator's proposed action would be in compliance with the applicable provisions of law; or
(2) to seek a judgment that the director or operator's action is in compliance with the applicable provisions of law and to recover reasonable costs and fees for the final disposition when:
(A) the funeral director or crematory operator has actual knowledge that there is no surviving family member, guardian, or individual appointed to arrange for the disposition of decedent's remains pursuant to chapter 231 of this title;
(B) the funeral director or crematory operator has made reasonable efforts to locate and contact any known family member, guardian, or agent; and
(C) the appropriate local or State authority, if any, fails to assume responsibility for disposition of the remains within 36 hours of written notice, which may be delivered by hand, U.S. mail, facsimile transmission, electronic means, or telegraph.

18 V.S.A. § 5230

Added 2007, No. 56 , § 1; amended 2009, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 238a, eff. Feb. 1, 2011.