Estate planning involves addressing some unpleasant situations. It's natural to feel apprehensive or uneasy when thinking about your own death, but taking the appropriate actions now can save your family headaches later on. One key issue you should always address as a part of your estate plan is your funeral arrangements. If you don't, your family may have to pay for the funeral at a difficult … [Read more...] about Who Pays For My Funeral?
A funeral may be the last big purchase you make in life. It's not unusual for a funeral today to cost more than $10,000. Like any product or service, it is important to shop around and know your legal rights as a consumer. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, enforces a "Funeral Rule" that governs funeral planning and the obligations of funeral homes. The Rule is … [Read more...] about How the “Funeral Rule” Protects You
The last thing anyone wants to really talk about is planning their own funeral arrangements, but it's important if you have special wishes that you want to make known while you're still alive. Some people want to be buried while others want to be cremated. Some people want a big funeral while others would prefer to have a small, graveside service. It's important to let your family members and … [Read more...] about How Do I Plan My Funeral Arrangements?
Someone close to you has just passed away. It’s up to you to plan the funeral, and along with the fact that you don’t have much time to do so, you’re also distraught, meaning that decision-making is all the more difficult. Add to this the fact that most average Americans have little or no experience when it comes to planning a funeral, and you can become easy to take advantage of. Enter the … [Read more...] about The Funeral Rule: What is It?
Who gets to decide where a deceased person is buried? This is a question highlighted in a recent Florida Times-Union article and, for people with complex family situations, the answer might not be what you want to hear. The article highlights a number of battles over where deceased individuals are to be buried. In one family, a father was initially buried in a family plot with his first wife and … [Read more...] about Where Will You Be Buried?
In Florida, as in the vast majority of other states, same-sex couples are not afforded the rights that heterosexual married couples are entitled to. This can permeate all areas of a couple’s life, and special attention is necessary when it comes to estate planning. When it comes to planning your estate, have you considered what will happen when it comes to making funeral plans? Under Florida … [Read more...] about Same-Sex Couples and Funeral Planning
The initial hours and days after your death are some of the most difficult your loved ones will have to face. One of the ways you can ease their burden is to plan your funeral ahead of time. This relieves them of the need to make difficult and emotionally draining decisions during an already emotionally stressful time. So, how do you go about making funeral plans for yourself? First, keep in … [Read more...] about Planning Ahead for your Final Arrangements