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Funeral costs to be covered

The obligation to bury is the result of Section 8 of the Lower Saxony Act on the corpse, burial and cemetery system (burial g).

The funeral of the deceased person shall be arranged in the following order of precedence:

  1. the spouse or spouse, the registered partner,
  2. the children,
  3. the grandchildren,
  4. the parents,
  5. the grandparents
  6. and the siblings

If, during the deceased's lifetime, the deceased was contractually determined who was to take care of the burial, that person must take care of the burial regardless of the public-law burial obligation of Section 8 paragraph 3 of the funeral.

If the persons obliged to bear the funeral costs cannot be expected to bear the necessary costs, they may submit an application for payment of the funeral costs.

Process flow

An application must be made for the payment of funeral costs.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city and the hanover region, where the person died. If the deceased person has received social assistance, the district, the district-free city and the Hanover region in which the benefits were granted must be taken into account.

Requirements

  • The requesting person is obliged to pay the funeral costs.
  • The person obliged to bear the funeral costs is not financially obliged to bear the costs from his own resources.
  • Only the costs of burial are covered in individual cases.

Which documents are required?

Documents may be required. Please contact the appropriate body.

What are the fees?

There are no charges.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

No deadlines need to be observed. However, the question of the assumption of costs should be resolved in good time with the competent authority. The later an application is made after the obligation to bear costs, the more doubts may arise as to the reasonableness of the cost-bearing.

What else should I know?

Section 74 SGB XII guarantees an appropriate and dignified burial of the deceased. The "required costs" are covered. The standard for this is what is normally part of the funeral costs in the above-mentioned sense, orientated towards the recipients of lower or middle incomes.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Soziales

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Renate Antons
Telephone: 05931 44-1256
Fax: 05931 44-391103
Room:
E 256
responsible for:
Mareike Neuenstein
Telephone: 05931 44-1268
Fax: 05931 44-391268
Room:
F 268
responsible for:

Data protection information

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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