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Estate Planning Pitfall: You Haven’t Made Funeral Arrangements

No one likes to contemplate his or her own death but making funeral arrangements is a necessary evil of estate planning. Family members are usually distressed in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death. Thus, they may be hard-pressed to follow through with funeral arrangements that have been stipulated in a will or other document. Can you imagine how difficult it’ll be if no arrangements have been made?

To complicate matters, family members may be scattered around the country. This can lead to logistical problems in coordinating a funeral from afar.

To make it easier for your family, designate one person (often the executor) to assume the main responsibilities regarding your funeral and related issues. Doing so can provide some assurance that your wishes will be carried out.

You should formally designate the person to handle the arrangements in your will. Absent this, at least include it in a letter of instruction.

If you don’t make a formal designation, the situation may deteriorate, delaying the funeral and causing additional costs. For example, the family may have to absorb unexpected expenses in transporting remains. Bottom line: Don’t leave matters to chance. Address funeral arrangements as part of your estate plan.

About The Authors

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Kristin N. Matsko

Kristin, Chair of the firm’s Trusts & Estates Group, counsels individuals and fiduciaries on a wide variety of trusts and estates… Read More

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David T. Riedel

An author and frequent lecturer on estate planning, administration and taxes, David provides responsive, sympathetic and personable counsel to his varied… Read More

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Kathryn S. Windsor

Kathryn is Chair of the firm’s Tax Group and represents clients in a variety of tax law matters. Her practice areas… Read More

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