This course is a continuation of MORT 275 C, designed to introduce the mortuary science student to sources of law, legal status of the dead human body, duty of burial, right to control funeral arrangements, final disposition, and liability for funeral expenses; torts involving the dead human body and the funeral director; wills, estate, and probate proceedings; cemeteries and related issues; state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to funeral service; as well as the legal aspects of being a licensed funeral director/mortician.
Required Course Resources
Textbook (at bookstore)
- Gilligan, T. S., & Stueve, T. F. H.. (2011). Mortuary law (11th ed.). Cincinnati, OH: The Cincinnati Foundation for Mortuary Education.
- Ashcroft, J.E. (2017). Law for business (19th ed.) Cincinnati, OH: West Educational Publishing.
- Legal dictionary (recommended)
MORT 285 Funeral Service Law Outline (at bookstore and on Blackboard course site)
MORT 275/285 Court Cases (at bookstore, Orange County Law Library, or online)
MORT 285 Statutes, Rules and Regulations (at bookstore or online)
Handouts (provided by instructor on Blackboard course site)
Other materials as necessary located at the library or on the internet (Blackboard course site)
To access Blackboard you will need:
- PC running Windows 98, 2000, XP, or Vista
- MAC running Macintosh OS 9.x or OS X
- At least 512 MB RAM, but more may be required for multiple applications or videos used in some courses
- Internet connection via modem of 56k bps or faster
- Recommended web browser: Firefox 2.0, 3.0 Internet Explorer 7 is supported; Internet Explorer 8 must be used in the compatibility mode
- Word processing program