Regulations surrounding burial plots

Many families choose burial plots for their loved ones so that they can remember them in typically a local and quiet place that they can regularly visit.

Graves and cemeteries can be owned and looked after by local authorities, private companies, religious institutions, or local trusts. Each will have their own rules to ensure that the graves and grounds are well maintained, so the memorial ground is a space where everyone can find peace and shared respect.

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Who is responsible for the grave?

Buying a cemetery plot, the person who will hold the exclusive rights for a loved one or family member to be buried there for a certain period – usually up to 50 or 100 years. They are given a Deed of Grant but will not have an active plot of land.

The family that owns the Deed is responsible for the maintenance of the plot, subject to the rules of the authority that looks after the grounds. Sometimes places may have quite strict rules about things that people are allowed to do and what is expected of them. This can vary according to the selected type of burial or funeral expense and can incur additional costs. If you want legal advice on this or anything to do with a bereavement Ascot Solicitors may be able to help.

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For example, most of the grave sites only allow a small headstone with floral borders immediately next to the memorial, so that the surrounding grass can be cut. Most families opt for traditional graves, which may allow them to personalize their given plot area, in memory of their loved one.


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