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Texas Health & Safety Code - Section 716.302. Disposition Of Cremated Remains

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§ 716.302. DISPOSITION OF CREMATED REMAINS. (a) An authorizing agent shall provide to a crematory establishment a signed written statement disclosing the final disposition of the cremated remains, if known. The crematory establishment shall retain a copy of the statement in the crematory establishment's records. (b) The authorizing agent is responsible for disposing of cremated remains. (c) Not earlier than the 121st day following the date of cremation, if the authorizing agent or the agent's representative has not specified the final disposition of or claimed the cremated remains, the crematory establishment or funeral establishment, if the cremated remains have been released to an employee of the funeral establishment in accordance with the authorization form, may dispose of the cremated remains in accordance with this subchapter. The crematory establishment or funeral establishment, as applicable, shall retain a record of the disposition in the establishment's records. (d) An authorizing agent is responsible for all reasonable expenses incurred in disposing of the cremated remains under Subsection (c). (e) A person may dispose of cremated remains only: (1) in a crypt, niche, grave, or scattering area of a dedicated cemetery; (2) by scattering the remains over uninhabited public land, sea, or other public waterways in accordance with Section 716.304; or (3) on private property as directed by the authorizing agent with the written consent of the property owner in accordance with Section 716.304. Added by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 178, § 2, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

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