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Who is legally responsible for notifying next of kin or heirs of the death of a person? The executor of their will? Their conservator? Whomever was the first to discover the body? A doctor? A lawyer? My mother died and I found out a week later from a total stranger who had seen her obituary in the newspaper. I then had to hire an attorney to locate and obtain a copy of her will, which took over a month. By then her entire estate had been stolen by my aunt and she had been cremated and the funeral home had been told not to discuss her case with me at all. I was deliberately not told when she had died and not provided with a copy of her will or told anything about her death. Nothing in her will directs these actions. I had to pay to get a copy of her will. Is this legal?