Checklist: Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains

Warning. The information and forms in this guide are not a substitute for the advice and help of a lawyer. It’s a good idea to talk with a lawyer about your particular situation

Checklist Steps

Fill in the blank for the county where the document will be signed. If you will be signing the document in San Antonio, Texas, then the county would be Bexar County, for example.

Fill in the next blank with your full legal name. It is important to use the full legal names of everyone listed in the document. This is the name listed on your Texas ID or birth certificate. 

Fill in your next blank with your current address. 

Fill in the blank for your primary agent (the main person who you want to handle what happens to your remains). List their full legal name, address, and phone number.

If you do not wish to write any special instructions, write none in this section.

You should limit your directions to one of the following: 

  • “I limit the disposition of my remains to cremation.”
  • “I limit the disposition of my remains to burial.”

Any other special directions may need the advice of an attorney.

Keep in mind that if you would like your body to be donated to a university or research center you must contact the university or research center prior to your death. Most places will not accept your body without prearrangements.

You should notify your agent or agents ahead of time of any prearrangements you have made regarding your funeral or burial.

You may also designate a first and second successor if you wish. The first and second successor are people who you want to serve as your alternative agent in case your primary agent is unavailable or unwilling to act on your behalf. If you do not want a first or second successor, you may leave this section blank or put "none" in the blank for the successor’s name.

Your agent or agents are required to sign page four of the document. Their signatures do not need to be notarized, so they do not need to be present when you meet with the notary public. 

They can sign at any time after you have signed and notarized the form. By signing the document your agents are assuming responsibility for arranging  the payment for your funeral, burial, or cremation. 

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