Cemetery Law

Bleakley Platt has represented religious, not-for-profit, private and family owned and operated cemeteries throughout New York State for over 75 years. Our cost-efficient representation and knowledgeable attorneys make the firm a valued partner to our cemetery clients.

The Cemetery Law Practice Group advises religious (faith-based) cemeteries governed by the New York Religious Corporations Law as well as those operated under the New York Not-For-Profit Corporation Law. The Group’s Attorneys work closely with Cemetery Boards of Directors and Officers in addressing the many legal issues that impact cemeteries, including:

  • state law compliance and regulatory affairs;

  • labor-management relationships, wage and hour compliance and equal employment opportunity matters;

  • land use, permitting and construction issues;

  • environmental matters; and

  • litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Our clients know they can rely on our depth and breadth of experience and practical knowledge of the cemetery industry to assist with the legal challenges they face today and will face in the future.

Bleakley Platt is a member of the New York State Association of Cemeteries and the Metropolitan Cemetery Association. Our attorneys have been actively involved with the New York State Association of Cemeteries and have served as Directors, Officers and Counsel to The Kensico Cemetery.

Bleakley Platt is committed to our clients’ success and believes that in some instances, an alternative fee arrangement may be preferable to a traditional hourly fee structure. Such arrangements require approval by the Firm’s management.  To learn more about the Firm’s policy regarding alternative fee arrangements, click here or speak with a partner.

For any questions regarding our cemetery law practice group, please contact Partners Joseph DeGiuseppe at (914) 287-6144 or Matthew Parisi at (914) 287-6184.

Useful links:

New York State Association of Cemeteries:  http://nysac.com
Department of State Division of Cemeteries:   http://www.dos.ny.gov/cmty/index.htm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:  http://www.dec.ny.gov
Metropolitan Cemetery Association:  http://www.my-mca.org/