Ecuador Expat Forum - Death in Ecuador

Ecuador Expat Forum - Death in Ecuador

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SWIRLZ
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12/13/2011 14:58    
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Before relocating we are getting our wills etc updated and this topic arose....Does Ecuador allow/condone (or whatever you call it) cremation? It would seem much less expensive to transport ashes back to the US than go through all the efforts of shipping a corpse. Not trying to be crude or crass but everyone needs to understand what to do IF. Thoughts?

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12/13/2011 15:25    
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12/13/2011 15:01    
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I am so glad that you brought up that subject, as I have told everyone that I plan to return in a brass urn.

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12/13/2011 15:03    
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I plan on using a wine bottle and a cork and have it thrown in the ocean.

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12/13/2011 15:10    
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It will not present a problem.

Depending on what your status will be in Ecuador and how long you intend to be in the Country, you may want to wait until you are in Ecuador before having your wills redone. As a lawyer, I suggest to you that it is very possible if one of you were to pass away while in Ecuador the Laws of Ecuador may come into play regarding estate matters.

When I move to Ecuador, I intend to consult with a good lawyer there about these matters. I suggest that it may be a good Idea for you to do so also. Good Luck.

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12/13/2011 15:22    
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Can i share your wine bottle ,or would it be too crowded

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12/13/2011 15:24    
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Don't tell your husband but we might need a 2 litre bottle

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12/13/2011 15:55    
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The attorney is correct - at least if you own property in Ecuador there will be a whole different set of rules -
As to burial - this may have changed but the old rule was burial was to take place within 24 hours --- cremation is available --- but relatively new in Ecuador and is not the cultural norm --- but price has started to have some to practice this ritual.
http://www.latinamericacurrentevents.com

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12/13/2011 16:39    
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Thanks for the input so far. I plan on getting my retiree visa ASAP after arrival and it is good to know that cremation exists. I wasn't sure with the heavy slant toward catholicism (if that matters per se) in a latin country if cremation was legal. Yes, I will contact local legal advise ASAP for guidance but still wonder what most people plan for when the "big one" comes.

I also wonder about creating a Power of Attorney within EC should it be needed to handle the details, ship the urn, close bank accounts etc should we both fall off the roadside cliff

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12/14/2011 10:05    
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We decided that we(our ashes) want to be scattered in Parque Metropolitano, Quito.

I researched the legal estate matters and came to conclusion that it(Ecuadorian will) is too expensive, too much papers and almost pointless.
The best solution on my opinion, to give your designated beneficiary all your passwords so they can empty banks accounts without legal hassle - yes, I know there is a danger they will do it while you are still alive, but... we did it with my mother passing(in Mnpls), my daughter promptly transffered(online) all money left in her bank account and Au revoir, adio, salut, privet to all the lawyers and goverment that might be involved.

As for properties that we have in Ecuador - I am working now on transffering the titles to my kids. If I would buy real estate in Ecuador now and I had retirment visa I would buy it on my kids name.

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