Designated Agent Form

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The Code of Law in the state of Washington stipulates that the deceased’s legal next-of-kin must be the ones to sign cremation authorization forms - if the deceased has not signed his/her own before death. Here is the link to the state’s codes: Washington State Legislature (Burial does not require the same kind of authorization.) But it is possible for you to supersede the State’s requirements of next-of-kin and legally authorize any person to be a “designated agent” – someone who will arrange your disposition for you. This is helpful if you prefer a trusted friend or more distant relative to handle your affairs.

A designated agent for funeral arrangements can authorize a cremation or a burial and is legally responsible for all financial payment as well. That person’s name is written on the Designated Agent Form, and the declarant—meaning you—signs, dates, and has the document witnessed by anyone over the age of 18. No notary is required.

Designated Agent Form