While it is an uncomfortable and scary topic, outlining a plan for your funeral in your estate planning process is very important. When you sit down to develop an estate plan, things like beneficiaries, assets details, and titles will be the first components that come to mind. However, funeral plans are absolutely not something to brush aside. More and more people are implementing a funeral plan into their wills in order to relieve their families of responsibility to organize and pay for this during such a heartbreaking time. Therefore, there are is growing number of people who are now incorporating funeral planning into their overall will and estate planning.
Making important decisions on behalf of the deceased is extremely difficult, especially during the time of death. More often than not, funerals are scheduled in a very short time frame from when the death occurs. This is a time when family is grieving and dealing with a number of intense emotions. In addition, funeral services payment is typically due at the time of the funeral, which is often a financial hardship for family members of the deceased. As a result, pre-planning funeral details is important to help minimize the emotional and financial hardship for the family.
Additionally, many people feel strongly about how their own funeral and what will go on during the ceremony. The ability to outline preferences for things like music, burial or cremation, and even the headstone removes the decision-making process for the grieving family. Some people want to ensure that their funeral is a fun celebration of their life, rather than a sad mourning of a death. Putting funeral plans into a will allows for the person to specify all of these details so that their affairs are in order when the time comes.
The Law Office of Brenda Murzyn, P.C. provides sophisticated and personal estate planning and probate services to all clients, regardless of the size of their holdings. Our experienced staff are committed to providing the individualized services and timely response and follow-up that are essential to meeting each client’s personal needs. Wills and trusts are common ways in which individuals dispose of their wealth and protect their loved ones. Trusts, unlike wills, have the benefit of avoiding probate, a lengthy and costly legal process that oversees the transfer of assets. Wills allow individuals to appoint legal guardians for the estate and physical custody of minor children. Contact our office today to find out which avenues of estate planning are best for you.