Effective May 1, 2016, the Lucas County Coroner's Office will require ALL funeral homes to submit a release form signed by the decedent's next of kin before removal from the office. The release may be faxed before pick-up to (419) 213-3949, or brought to the office at the time of transfer. If there is a problem obtaining the signature of a family member, please contact the office at (419) 213-3900.
At this time, we ask that the release form be on funeral home letterhead, which must contain at a minimum: the name, address, phone number, fax number and pertinent contact information for the firm, the decedent's name, date of death, next of kin printed name, next of kin relationship to the decedent, next of kin signature, and date of signature.
The priority list of who holds the right of disposition is established by sections 2108.70 and 2108.81 of the Ohio Revised Code.