Funeral preferences can be recorded as part of estate planning

Many Nevada people are likely to have peace of mind because their estate planning has been taken care of, and their families are sure to be protected. However, have those people factored the costs of a funeral into their estate planning? Including end-of-life planning in an estate could provide valuable assistance to those left behind who will be burdened with the funeral-related tasks.

It may help to keep in mind that those left behind will be emotionally compromised, and the task of arranging a funeral may be very taxing. Casket shopping is not something that people typically do in advance. While not all funeral home owners and staff will do this, there are those who may take advantage of the emotional state of next-of-kin who are arranging the funeral. The family will naturally be disadvantaged because of their lack of experience and knowledge of the task.

It may be a good idea to discuss one’s preferences, whether it is a funeral or cremation, with loved ones. It can be done in a conversational manner and need not be a morbid discussion. Shopping around to get an idea of what is available may be beneficial. When all family members are aware of each other’s wishes and preferences, the days following a family member’s passing may be less traumatic. The necessary costs and wishes can be included in one’s estate planning.

One may be wise to only plan these events, rather than paying in advance. The wish to relocate prepaid funerals may not be accommodated by the funeral home holding the funds. Nevada residents who are concerned about including these matters in their estate planning are free to optimize the help that is available. Guidance related to the legalities of the necessary documents can be helpful during a difficult time.

Source: Chicago Tribune, “Planning can save money, even when journey is over“, Janet Kidd Stewart, May 9, 2014

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