The decedent's personal property excluding money will be released to the funeral home designated by the legal next-of-kin.
Money is never released from the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office (PCMEO). For decedents with cash equal to or less than $100.00, the money will be inventoried and released to the funeral home designated by the legal next-of-kin, or to the investigating law enforcement agency as appropriate. For decedents with cash in excess of $100.00, the money will be deposited with the Pierce County Budget & Finance office. In accordance with Washington law, the money will be made available to the legal next-of-kin after forty (40) days or more have elapsed since the decedent’s death.
After receipt of the required document(s), the PCMEO administrative staff will submit a request for payment. After the payment request has been approved by the Budget & Finance office, that office will issue and mail a check to the name and address as it is listed on the affidavit.