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Can I leave directions about my final ceremonies and the disposition of my body in my will?

Leaving direction about how your body is disposed of when you pass in your will is not a very good idea. The last place a person is typically looking for direction on how you’re going to be buried or cremated or whether you’re going to donate organs is not in the will. You should have a separate document addressing this. You can have funeral instructions that you can prepare, but it should be a separate document that your family knows about, because the will is designed to transfer assets upon death and direct assets.

Years ago, many people put funeral directions in their will, but today, we’re not reading wills like we used to in the past, so you’re going to want to have these separate directions elsewhere. Organ donor form, memorial instructions, funeral instructions, and the like in a separate document that your family knows about.