Late last month changes were made to the process of how families who own pre-need property rights obtain permission to bury their loved ones and those wishing to pursue a disinterment at Grand View Memorial Park that will save them $1,000 per procedure in attorney fees.
As reported here in April, families have been forced since March 2008 to obtain the assistance of an attorney to petition the Los Angeles County Superior Court before either procedure could be done. The reported additional cost for each petition was a flat fee of $1,000.
In July of this year class plaintiff counsel Paul Ayers filed a motion that would take the process out of the downtown courtroom and reroute it up to Sacramento through California's Department of Consumer Affairs' Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (CFB) at no additional cost to consumers. [Read the Motion and supporting materials here.]
The motion was approved on August 22. [Read the Order here]
According to court records, approximately 120 burials and 30 disinterments have taken place at Grand View since 2007.
The now-vacated 2008 protocol was enacted by the court after plaintiffs requested a solution to their need to bury or remove loved ones at Grand View while the court was overseeing litigation related to the closure of the cemetery.
As of March 2012 the class complaint and several individual suits were settled, and specific restoration work stipulated and paid for out of the class settlement were completed, leaving permission protocol as the last outstanding piece of business with the court.
The new protocols were at least nine months in the making, according to court records, starting with a November 2011 assertion by new CFB Chief Lisa Moore that her department had authority to grant permissions.
Last month requests for further details to be included in this story were made to and acknowledged by both Grand View and CFB representatives.
I'll post an update when details are received. Stay tuned.
PLEASE NOTE: Currently only people who pre-purchased burial rights at Grand View before it lost its all important Certificate of Authority are eligible to be interred there while any family may pursue disinterring and relocating a loved one.
No new sales of burial spaces are allowed until the business is sold and a new operator is issued the necesssary licensing from the CFB.
Cemetery officials continue to stress that strides are being made to sell the business but no official details are currently available due to confidentiality agreements made with prospective buyers.
The person to contact with questions regarding burials and disinterments at Grand View is its authorized representative, attorney David Baum. He may be reached by telephone at his new number (310) 914-0188 or by email at email@example.com.