ON YOUR SIDE: What you need to know if you have an issue with a cemetery

Published: Sep. 20, 2016 at 8:59 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2016 at 9:35 PM CDT
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CENTRE, AL (WBRC) - We've been following the story of Marrion Johnson, who says she's struggled to get the owner of a cemetery to put up her mother's headstone.

Johnson has been stressed since her mother Bessie passed away three years ago because of this headstone situation. Her mother is buried at Cherokee Memory Gardens in Centre. Four days after our story aired, we learned a headstone now marks Bessie's resting place.

"Other people loved their loved ones and they want them taken care of but more importantly they want their site taken care of and there's somebody that's disrespecting that. That's not right," Johnson said.

Attorney Drew Barnett handles these types of cases. He's not affiliated with this case but says these situations happen more than you think.

"These cases are factually driven. It's very important to discuss in detail every fact, make notes. Make sure you have a clean record of exactly what has happened to you," Barnett said.

Barnett says people do have a number of options if they feel they are victims. He says the best advice is to contact someone who knows the laws instead of trying to figure it out themselves, especially if they are overcome with emotion from losing a loved one.

"Once a jury or members of the community hear maybe they are getting jerked around for whatever the motive may be. I think that resonates with a jury and what we've seen in jury verdicts is jury's respond accordingly," Barnett added.

Barnett says even if you think the information is small potatoes, it could be crucial to your case. So make sure you share it. Also he says it's good to act fast so that lawyers and investigators can preserve evidence that can be critical to your claim.

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