Can I be buried in my own backyard?

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Can I be buried in my own backyard?

We live in a somewhat rural area. My health is failing and I would like to be buried on my own property. Are there permits or paperwork that we need?

Asked on January 4, 2012 under Estate Planning, Washington

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your ailing heath. Generally speaking - in other words in most states - you can be buried on your own property. What you really need to do is to check with your local zoning department to make sure that it is permitted.  Also, the exact location of any home burial will most likely need to be filed with the local county registrar or clerk. Good luck.


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