Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Who has paid for the cremation?
ok the issue is that no one would own the legal rights over the ashes - there is no legal ownership of a dead body or of ashes for that matter. No one can say that they ashes belong to them, regardless if they were the deceased person's spouse, next of kin, etc - the law simply does not allow ownership. So in these circumstances the ashes will be kept by the crematorium for safekeeping until they are ready to be released to those who are considered to be in charge of them - this would generally be the person who arranged the cremation and paid for it - then it becomes a contractual matter - someone has paid for a service and they are entitled to receive the benefits of that ervice, which wuld be the ashes. So generally the person who arranges and pays for the cremation has the right to take the ashes away and do with them as they please
you can approach the crematorium and tell then who you are and sk them to release the ashes to you but they may refuse to do so because you are not the person who had instructed them to perform the cremation and are not the one who will pay them. You could try and settle the cremation bill in he hope that by doing so they will release the ashes to you but you need to agree that will be the case before you pay. Otherwise it is the person who had given them the instructions in the first place, the person who they have a contract with, that will get the rights over the ashes
this will be one under the intestacy rules - it can be complex and depends on what relatives the deceased has left, you can read more here:https://www.gov.uk/inherits-someone-dies-without-will
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