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Supreme Court Judge Schedules Hearing to Establish Where Deceased Woman Should be Buried

MATTER OF LIPINER V. PLAZA JEWISH COMMUNITY CHAPEL, 156059/16

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has scheduled an October 2016 hearing to assess competing claims about a deceased woman’s burial wishes. The deceased woman was buried at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Flushing in July 2016, as requested by her children. While a deceased’s children typically have priority in determining their parents’ burial, the sister and executor of the estate challenges that the deceased wished to be buried at a Jerusalem cemetery. A hearing has been scheduled to evaluate both competing claims, as a judge determined that the deceased’s alternative preferences for her own burial must be considered. The executor’s challenge was raised pursuant to both Public Health and Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.

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