The Montana Right of Disposition Act


BOZEMAN — According to Montana State University Extension, Montanans have the right to make decisions about what happens to their remains after death, decisions that have legal priority over any of their survivors' wishes.

Take for example a mother who expresses to her four children she wants to be cremated after death and have her ashes scattered in a certain place. After her death, however, one child wanted to follow her mother's wishes but her three siblings disagreed.

Prior to the enactment of the Montana Right of Disposition Act in 2009, a mortician would have had to follow the direc...

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