Can You Legally Bury A Family Member On Your Property In Wisconsin?
It may seem like an odd question, but hey, it's that spooky time of year. Have you ever wondered if you can bury a family member on your private property in Wisconsin?
The short answer is yes you can. But there are steps to take, and your local county or jurisdiction may prohibit it.
In terms of the state law in Wisconsin, there's nothing against it. The Wisconsin Department of Health has some requirements that they outline.
First, you'll need to file a Notice Of Removal with the County Register of Deeds, the Coroner/Medical Examiner, or the State Vital Records Office for forms and instructions.
If you plan on burying the deceased on your property, you need to contact the Wisconsin Burial Preservation at 608-264-6494. The Register of Deeds can find the appropriate office that has information on zoning restrictions and how to record the gravesite on the land description and deed.
If you are seriously considering burying a family member on your private property in Wisconsin, it would behoove you to contact an attorney who can help you navigate the many laws in Wisconsin.
While researching this, I found some other interesting, morbid laws. Did you know that in Wisconsin you can't have a funeral at a friend of the deceased home? It needs to be the deceased home or a relative's home. Strange, right?
Neighboring Minnesota is more restrictive when it comes to burying a family member on your property. It technically is possible, but there are far more hoops to jump through including designating a portion of your property as a cemetery.
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