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What is a Letter of Contrary Intent?

A Letter of Contrary Intent is a legal statute in the state of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania Statute [Title 20, Chapter 3, Section 305 the Right to dispose of a decedent’s remains]) that declares your intent to give an individual other than your legal next of kin sole power to make decisions regarding your final disposition. It also states that this person should make funeral plans on your behalf.

Why Should I Sign One?

Appointing authority to handle your final arrangements can help ensure your wishes will be carried out upon your death. This is especially helpful when you are estranged from your legal next of kin, or if you’re concerned they may not honor or agree with your wishes. It’s also beneficial if you are separated but not legally divorced, and do not wish your legal spouse to have the authority as legal next of kin.

A Letter of Contrary Intent may be presented as evidence in court if both parties sign, is witnessed and notarized, along with other supporting documents.

If you’d like to learn more, we are always available to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance in arranging this document.


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