Delaware Will Disposition of Last Remains

In addition to making a Will, Delaware has a separate form where you can leave instructions about your funeral, burial or cremation. You can either make this declaration in your Will or use the Delaware Declaration of Disposition of Last Remains alongside the Delaware Will.
If you would like to keep these matters separate from your Will, the form can be found in title 12 of the Delaware Code: ยง 265. Declaration of Disposition of Last Remains; form. The following declaration of disposition of last remains must be substantially in the following form: DECLARATION OF DISPOSITION OF LAST REMAINS I, ________________________ (Name of Declarant), being of sound mind and lawful age, hereby revoke all prior declarations, wills, codicils, trusts, powers of appointment, and powers of attorney regarding the disposition of my last remains, and I declare and direct that after my death the following provisions be taken: 1. If permitted by law, my body shall be (Initial ONE choice): ____ Buried. I direct that my body be buried at . ____ Cremated. I direct that my cremated remains be disposed of as follows: _______________________________________________________________ ____ Entombed. I direct that my body be entombed at . ____ Other. I direct that my body be disposed of as follows: ________________ __________________________________________________________ ____ Disposed of as ________________________ (Name of Designee) shall decide in writing. If ________________________ is unwilling or unable to act, I nominate ________________________ as my alternate designee. 2. I request that the following ceremonial arrangements be made (initial desired choice or choices): ____ I request ________________________ (Name of designee) make all arrangements for any ceremonies, consistent with my directions set forth in this declaration. If ________________________ is unwilling or unable to act, I nominate ________________________ as my alternate designee. ____ Funeral. I request the following arrangements for my funeral: ____________ _____________________________________________________________. ____ Memorial Service. I request the following arrangements for my memorial service: __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________. 3. Special Instructions. In addition to the instructions above, I request (on the following lines you may make special requests regarding ceremonies or lack of ceremonies): ____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________. Note: Those persons or entities asked to carry out a declarant’s intent regarding disposition of last remains and ceremonial arrangements need do so only if the declarant’s intent is reasonable under the circumstances. “Reasonable under the Circumstances” may take into consideration factors such as a known prepaid funeral, burial, or cremation plan of the declarant, the size of the declarant’s estate, cultural or family customs, the declarant’s religious or spiritual beliefs, the known or reasonably ascertainable creditors of the declarant, and the declarant’s financial situation prior to death. I may revoke or amend this declaration in writing at any time. I agree that a third party who receives a copy of this declaration may act according to it. Revocation of this declaration is not effective as to a third party until the third party learns of my revocation. My estate shall indemnify any third party for costs incurred as a result of claims that arise against the third party because of good-faith reliance on this declaration. I execute this declaration as my free and voluntary act, on ______________. (Declarant)_________________________________. The following section regarding organ and tissue donation is optional. To make a donation, initial the option you select and sign below. In the hope that I might help others, I hereby make an anatomical gift, to be effective upon my death, of: A. ____ Any needed organs/tissues. B. ____ The following organs/tissues: ________________________________ ______________________________________________________________. Donor signature: __________________________________________________. Notarization Optional: State of Delaware County of ____________ : Acknowledged before me by ____________________________, Declarant, on ____________, ____. My commission expires: *(Seal) Notary Public ___________________. *(Seal) Notary Public ___________________.

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