Usually the next of kin of the deceased (i.e. child, spouse, legal partner, parent, or sibling) are responsible for making the funeral arrangements. When there is a dispute in the family and the deceased has left a will, the executor should take charge of planning the funeral. The executor can also appoint someone else to make the arrangements if they wish to do so. In rarer cases, when a person has no known relatives, authorities, public trustees may need to take responsibility for arranging the funeral.