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Funeral Planning in Pittsburgh

Helping You Plan Your Funeral Your Way

While it is never pleasant to think about passing away, thinking ahead to how you would like to be honored and remembered is an important part of helping your loved ones when you are gone. Organization and clarity is the key to helping your family and loved ones when they are in the midst of grief and sadness, and our firm is here to help. Our caring legal team will help you make informed and thoughtful decisions about funeral arrangement so that you can choose the specific items you need and want, and spare your survivors the stress of making these decisions.

The number of people who are planning for their own funerals is steadily increasing, and some people choose to designate their funeral preferences and even pay for them in advance. This type of planning is often viewed as an extension of will and estate planning, and our firm has the legal resources and experience to help you make the best decisions for your future.

Funeral Planning Tips

One of the important things to consider when planning for a funeral is the location where the remains will be buried, scattered or entombed. Many family members find themselves rushing to purchase a cemetery plot or grave in the short period of time following the death of a loved one, and this swift decision is not usually made with careful thought about what their deceased loved one would have wanted.

When you are thinking through these matters, you may want to make decisions about your arrangements without paying for them in advance. You should keep in mind, however, that the prices of these arrangements may go up over time or businesses may shut down over the years. This is why we recommend that you revisit your funeral planning decisions every couple of years. A skilled professional from our firm will help you put all of your preferences down in writing and will distribute those copies to your family members. These preferences should not be designated in a will, which is usually not found or read until after the funeral.

Information About Prepaying

There are certain things that you may want to pay for beforehand, and millions of Americans have entered into contracts to arrange and prepay for certain funeral expenses. If you are a U.S. military veteran, you may be able to request military honors at your service. Our firm can help you contact your local funeral home or military installation to check on eligibility and availability.

Here at Temple & Frayer Law, we strive to help every client make the best decisions for their future and for the wellbeing of their loved ones! We understand that making these decisions can be difficult and hard to think through, but our Pittsburgh estate planning lawyer is here to help. Below, we have provided a list of questions that you should ask yourself before you put down any money:

  • What happens to the money that I have prepaid? Different states have different regulations for handling funds that are prepaid for funeral services.
  • What exactly am I paying for? Am I purchasing only merchandise or the funeral services as well?
  • Will I be protected if the company I pay goes out of business?
  • Can I cancel the contract and get a full refund if I change my mind?
  • What happens to the interest income on money that is prepaid and put into a trust account?
  • What happens if I move to a different state before I die? Can my prepaid funeral plan be transferred?

Finally, you should let your family and loved ones know about the plans you have made and that your attorney has the documents they will need someday. This is a critical step because if your family isn't aware that you have made plans, they may start making their own plans and your wishes may be overlooked. This is especially important if you have prepaid for funeral services.

How a Legal Professional Can Help

Ultimately, you don't have to worry about any of these things if you enlist the help of a Pittsburgh estate planning attorney at Temple & Frayer Law. Our firm has been serving residents and their families in the Pittsburgh area for nearly 40 years, and we are prepared to take on your case today. We have gained a thorough understanding of all types of estate planning matters and our comprehensive approach will ensure that you create a plan that best serves you and your loved ones as well. Contact us now to schedule your initial consultation with a legal professional who genuinely cares about you and your needs.

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