Followup to previous post about requirements for next of kin paying for a funeral
This is a followup to a previous post
Basically the story is this: I got a phone call from someone who said they were from a funeral home in Arizona, where my father lived before he recently passed away. They asked me how I would like to "take care of" my father's expenses, that being his burial or cremation. He explained that under Arizona state law (I live in New York) I was required to pay. I told them that I had never heard of them and never heard of such a law and that if I was legally required to pay I would, but they would have to send some documentation as such. If I legally owe money, I'm going to pay it. But someone can't just call me up and say "Hey, you owe me this money." In the meantime, I had posted on MeFi, and we had reasoned collectively that it must be some sort of scam, or at the very least, shady practices. According to this brochure
, they are legally required to give me some information and explain my rights, which they didn't do. Instead they sent me this hostile letter, from the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary:
This letter serves as notification that the Maricopa County Public Fiduciary is making an effort to contact you to resolve the arrangements of your father. In the state of Arizona, the next of kin is legally responsible for the burial/cremation expenses. To date, these efforts have been unsuccessful and you have failed to comply with your responsibility.
The Maricopa County Public Fiduciary is able to seek reimbursement through legal civil action to recover two times the expenses of funeral arrangements per A.R.S. 36-831(F)
If you choose to ignore this notice, we will assume you have abandoned the body of your father and have failed to comply with your responsibility. Our office will then proceed accordingly.
I've contacted a lawyer and I'm waiting for more info. So far, they haven't even told me what I owe or anything. In the meantime, what do you guys think? As a New York resident, do I have to deal with this? Do Arizona laws apply to me?