Funerals are a time of great sorrow and distress and organising one can be a daunting task.
However, it is crucial to carry out this process with sensitivity and care.
When it comes to placing a headstone on a grave in the UK, there are legal procedures that need to be followed.
This article aims to provide you with a guide on who is entitled to put a headstone on a grave and the legal requirements surrounding this process.
Who Has the Right to Place a Headstone on a Grave?
The person named on the Deed of Grant for Exclusive Right to Burial is entitled to place a headstone on a grave in the UK.
This legal document confirms the Registered Owner of the grave, who has the exclusive right to be buried in it.
However, the cemetery must permit it.
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What is the Deed of Grant for Exclusive Right to Burial?
The Deed of Grant for Exclusive Right to Burial is a vital legal document that you receive after purchasing a burial plot.
It confirms the legal Registered Owner of the grave, who has the exclusive right to be buried in it.
The document is valid for a specific number of years, usually between 30 and 100, after which the lease must be extended for a fee.
If the lease is not extended, the ownership of the burial plot reverts to the cemetery owner.
What Happens if the Registered Owner is Deceased?
If the Registered Owner of the grave is deceased, the grave can no longer be used for further burials, and ownership will need to be transferred.
This can be done through a Grant of Probate or a Statutory Declaration if there is a valid will.
Alternatively, it can be done through Letters of Administration if there is no valid will.
Why is it Important to Understand the Legal Process?
Organising a funeral is a challenging task and understanding the legal process surrounding burial rights can help alleviate stress and ensure that everything is carried out in a respectful and dignified manner.
It is essential to know who has the right to place a headstone on a grave and the legal requirements surrounding this process to avoid any legal disputes in the future.
It can also give peace of mind to all those involved in the funeral arrangements.
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