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It is our mission to provide a deserved, lawful, proper and dignified manner of disposition for those decedent residents who are indigent or go unclaimed upon death, and to handle every case accurately and lawfully with the utmost attention.
If the unclaimed decedent had known assets or property of sufficient value to defray the expenses of cremation or burial, invoices for the expenses shall be forwarded to such person or official authorized by law to be appointed administrator of the estate of the decedent, and such person or official shall pay the expenses out of the decedent's estate. To the extent that the deceased person is indigent, the burial or cremation expenses shall be borne by the county of residence of the deceased person. If the county of residence of the deceased person is not known, the burial or cremation expenses shall be borne by the county in which the body was found. The burial or cremation expenses may be paid by the county out of the general fund or the county indigent hospital claims fund [county health care assistance fund] in an amount up to six hundred dollars ($600) for the burial or cremation of any adult or minor.
According to New Mexico State Statutes, we must process the applications in the order they are received, but if any of the required information is not completed, it could delay the processing of your claim.
This program does not assist with funeral expenses, viewing at the funeral home or any other service at the funeral home or place of worship, neither before nor after cremation
Torrance County Finance Department
PO BOX 48
205 S Ninth Street
Estancia New Mexico, 87016
Monday - Thursday 7:30am to 5:30pm MST
Phone: (505) 544-4721
Fax: (505) 384-5294
Asst. Finance Director
Indigent Health Care Program Administrator