Funeral services; burial power of attorney. (HB382)

Introduced By

Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Funeral services; burial power of attorney.  Provides that a person may designate in a signed and notarized writing an individual who shall make arrangements for his funeral and the disposition of his remains, including cremation, upon his death. Such designee shall have priority over all persons entitled to make such arrangements. The bill further provides that notwithstanding the above, any contract made by a decedent's next of kin with a funeral establishment or cemetery for the decedent's funeral and burial shall be an obligation of the decedent's estate, to the extent that goods have been provided and services have been rendered without knowledge by the funeral establishment or cemetery of such designation. The bill also provides that if the decedent died while serving in any branch of the United State Armed Forces and completed a U.S. Department of Defense Record of Emergency Data (DD Form 93), or its successor form, the duty to provide funeral and disposition arrangements for the decedent devolves on the person authorized by the decedent on such form. This bill is in response to an opinion of the Office of the Attorney General. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10103765D
01/12/2010Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2010Assigned HWI sub: #3
01/28/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/02/2010Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2010Committee substitute printed 10104413D-H1
02/03/2010Read first time
02/04/2010Read second time
02/04/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104413D-H1
02/04/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB382H1
02/08/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/08/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/17/2010Rereferred from General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2010Rereferred to Education and Health
02/23/2010Assigned Education sub: Health Licensing
03/04/2010Reported from Education and Health (11-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2010Read third time
03/08/2010Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB382ER)
03/13/2010Signed by Speaker
03/15/2010Signed by President
03/19/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB382ER)
04/10/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 380 (effective 7/1/10)
04/10/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0380)