Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Scattering of Ashes in Wisconsin

As an estate planning and probate attorney in Wisconsin, I am a member of a list serve for fellow attorneys across the state. The other day I saw a rather amusing response to a post about the logistics of scattering ashes in Wisconsin:

"I learned the hard way how NOT to scatter ashes....into the wind." -anonymous.

The response was amusing, but it is a question that pops up all the time. Can I scatter ashes at x,y,z? According to the book, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death by Slocum and Carlson, there are no specific laws restricting the scattering or depositing of ashes in Wisconsin beyond the fact that if it is on a cemetery's grounds, you need cemetery approval.

I assume this would extend to other organizations that may have concerns for being a final resting spot. If there was a question on Family Feud about the top 5 locations for scattering location in Wisconsin I would wager a bet number one would be Lambeau Field. What is your guess?

Remember, a blog post is not a legal opinion. Please seek advice from your attorney, in your state, for your situation. Blogs are no substitute for legal representation.

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