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Informer: Speculative sales of cemetery plots illegal

Last Modified: Monday, October 21, 2013 9:56 AM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I purchased several burial plots 30 years ago and now wish to sell them. The owners of the graveyard say that I have to sell the plots back to them at the original price. I want to sell them on the open market. What is the law about selling these plots?

The laws governing cemeteries are grouped under Title 8 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

Some provisions that may be relevant:

R.S. 8:204 — “A cemetery authority may make, adopt, amend, add to, revise, repeal or modify, and enforce rules and regulations for the use, care, control, management, restriction and protection of all or any part of its cemetery, including ... the transfer of any interment space or the right of interment.”

R.S. 8:802 — “The transfer of any right of interment or cemetery space, whether by conveyance, assignment of a purchase contract, or otherwise, shall be subject to all of the terms, provisions and conditions of the rules and regulations of the cemetery authority, as amended from time to time.”

R.S. 8:904: — “It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, association, or other legal entity, except a licensed cemetery authority, to sell or buy an interment space or spaces for the purpose of resale at a profit. ... Whoever violates this section shall be fined no more than five hundred dollars or be imprisoned for not more than six months, or both, for each interment space so bought or sold.”

For more information on cemetery laws, contact the Louisiana Cemetery Board at 866-488-5267.

Online: www.lcb.state.la.us.



‘Have Gun’ star Boone died in January 1981

Richard Boone, the star of “Have Gun – Will Travel,” is he still alive?

No.

Boone, who for six years played the gunslinger Paladin on the CBS show, died on Jan. 10, 1981, at the age of 63.

“Mr. Boone, who was born in Los Angeles, was a seventh-generation nephew of the pioneer Daniel Boone. He attended Stanford University, where he studied liberal arts and won the light-heavyweight intercollegiate boxing title,” reads The New York Times’ obituary.

“Later, he worked as an oilfield roustabout in Southern California and took up painting full-time. Mr. Boone began his acting career after he had spent four years in the Navy as an aerial gunner in World War II.”

He was best known for his role in Westerns, but according to the obituary, Boone was most proud of “The Richard Boone Show,” a critically acclaimed anthology series that aired on NBC for one season in the early 1960s.

His film credits include “The Halls of Montezuma” (1951); “The Robe” (1953); “The Alamo” (1960); “Big Jake” (1971); and “The Shootist” (1976). Additionally, Boone in the late 1970s provided the voice for the dragon Smaug in an animated version of J.R.R. Tolkein’s “The Hobbit.”

Online: www.imdb.com.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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