Myrtle Beach Funeral Home
4505 Highway 17 Bypass South
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Order Of Authority For Legal Next-Of-Kin(s) or Agents

  1. "If a Loved One is still alive:"

  1. The person themselves

  2. A POA (Power-Of-Attorney)

  3. A Spouse (If estranged, legally separated, or can't be located, get paperwork signed by 1 or 2, ASAP)

  4. Adult Children

  5. Parents

  6. Siblings  

  1. "If Loved One has passed away:"

  1. An Executor, named in a will to carry out disposition wishes and settle estate issues.

  2. A “POA Through Disposition”- A POA that has the authority to act on behalf of the loved one until their remains are buried, cremated, or otherwise disposed, i.e., burial at sea, body donation to science, etc. You need to request the attorney to draft this type of POA document when it’s being ordered, otherwise, you will receive a POA whose authority ends at death, which is not good at all, if their spouse or children are estranged or can't be located.

  3. A Spouse – Common Law status applies in Common Law States only. SC is a Common Law State. Most of the time, when there is a life partner or significant other, they are usually either a POA or a named Executor, honoring the wishes of their friend and loved one. SC does not recognize same-sex marriage, and as such, partners cannot be listed as being married on a SC death certificate.

  4. Adult Children

  5. Parents

  6. Siblings

  7. The person, friend or otherwise, willing to pay for disposition cost, when no one else in the family is willing to do so, and thus, forfeits all ownership of the persons remains. An earnest effort would have to be made 1st, in trying to locate any family, (agents) and in most cases notifying the coroner's office for their assistance as well.