WVC 44 A- 4 - 5
§44A-4-5. Duty of guardian or conservator subsequent to death of
In the absence of an advanced directive, such as a will,
living will or power of attorney, or preneed burial or cremation
contract, after the death of the protected person, a guardian or a
conservator, if there is no guardian, shall continue to have
authority to make decisions regarding the body of the deceased
protected person for the purposes of authorizing an autopsy and
making funeral arrangements. The guardian's or conservator's
authority shall continue until an executor or executrix or an
administrator or administratrix has been appointed.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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