Effective July 15, 2016, Kentucky residents may make a "funeral planning declaration" appointing someone -- called a "designee" -- to carry out funeral wishes and plans. To make a valid document, you must write down what you want in a dated form and sign the document in front two witnesses. You must also have your signature acknowledged by a notary public.
Unless related to you by birth, marriage, or adoption, the person you name to carry out your wishes may not be:
Neither of your witnesses may be:
You may not include your declaration in:
You can get a free Kentucky declaration form from the Funeral Consumers Alliance.
To read the law, see Kentucky Revised Statutes § 367.93103.
Effective date: Jul 15, 2016