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State Supreme Court Ponders Burial Property Rights

The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing a case that could have long-term ramifications on the limits of personal property.

State Supreme Court Ponders Burial Property Rights

How much freedom do you have on your own property? The Connecticut Supreme Court is hearing a case on whether someone can be buried on their private land.

Depending on how the court rules, an 82-year-old woman may have to dig up the remains of her husband, who passed away eight years ago.

According to the Associated Press, Elise Piquet was in a bind in 2004. Her husband just passed away and the cemeteries in Chester, a small town in Middlesex County, were full. She instead had her husband buried on her 11-acre property.

It was after her husband died that the problems began. The Associated Press said the town’s zoning board issued a cease and desist letter because there was no local law permitting a burial on one’s property. She refused to comply with the town's order.  

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