It is the policy of the Walworth County Medical Examiner's office not to perform "private autopsies" on Walworth County deaths, as it is felt to represent a possible conflict of interest. As this is a county office, funded by tax dollars, the performance of autopsies on Walworth County deaths is restricted to those which fall within our legal jurisdiction. In other words, the medical examiner's office is not mandated to perform an autopsy on any Walworth County death-only on those over which jurisdiction is assumed. The office may, however, be able to provide next-of-kin with contact numbers for pathologists known to perform private autopsies. Be aware that the cost of a private autopsy is the financial responsibility of the legal next-of-kin.