‘Peter Falk’s Law’ on death notification signed in NY

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A new state law in New York named after the late actor Peter Falk aims to ensure relatives of people in guardianship are notified when their loved one dies.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the measure into law Thursday. It changes state guardianship law to require the identification of those loved ones who should be notified about a person’s death or burial.

Falk, the star of the television detective show Columbo, died in 2011. His children did not learn about his funeral arrangements, however, because they were not notified by Falk’s second wife, who had been appointed his guardian.

Democrat Cuomo says the law tries to ensure that loved ones can “express their love and pay their respects” at the end of a relative’s life.