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 are keys 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 your own funeral arrangements and prevent stress for your family over these issues.
The number of people who are planning for their own funerals is steadily increasing, and some people choose to designate very specific funeral preferences and even pay for them in advance. This type of planning is often viewed as an extension of a will and estate plan, 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 of where the body or ashes will be buried, scattered or entombed. Many family members end up hurriedly buying 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 now even if you don’t pay for the arrangements 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 few years. A skilled professional from our firm will help you put all your preferences down in writing and advise you on how to distribute those copies to your family members. Detailed preferences should not be designated in a will because family members don’t typically refer to a will before a funeral.
Information About Prepaying
There are certain things that you may want to pay for beforehand to simplify things for your family after your death. If you served in the armed forces, military honors at your service may be an option. We can help you make arrangements.
Here at Temple & Frayer, we strive to help every client make the best decisions for their future and for the well-being of their loved ones. You should let your family and loved ones know about these prearrangements. They should know 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 An Attorney Can Boost Your Peace Of Mind Through Funeral Planning
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. Our firm has been serving residents and their families in the Pittsburgh area since 1975, 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.