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Statement of Contrary Intent 

(20 Pa.C.S. §305)


Pennsylvania Statute, Title 20, Chapter 3, Section 305 ("Right to Dispose of a Decedent’s Remains"), gives you the right to make a "Statement of Contrary Intent" naming a person or entity to control the disposition of your body per your wishes. 

This statement will override the Legal Next of Kin's usual authority and allow cremation to take place. Without this, the right to control the disposition of the remains shall remain with the Legal Next of Kin.

Having a Statement of Contrary Intent in place can be helpful in making the cremation process easier by eliminating any potential doubts or disagreement among your family members at the time of need. This can also be useful when burial or other disposition methods are chosen, as it designates one individual who will make all decisions.

We can assist you in drafting a Statement of Contrary Intent to ensure that your wishes are followed precisely and that none of your family members are left with the burden of making this important decision on their own.

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