There are many benefits for preparing and pre-planning a funeral. There is a peace of mind that comes with knowing all the important decisions regarding your funeral have been made as you want them. Pre-planning helps guide your family, who would otherwise have to make difficult decisions without your support. Also, by making payment provisions, you are taking responsibility for the financial aspects of your funeral. This will relieve your family of this expense at the time of your death.
Should you decide to pre-plan your funeral, it is important to plan the details of the type of service that best suits you. It is wise at this point to understand that while the funeral is about you, it is not for you. It is for those you are leaving behind, and taking some time to consult with them may be prudent.
We have a dedicated team of pre-need specialists who are able to meet with you, either at one of our offices or in the privacy of your own home and regardless of whether you would prefer a traditional religious service with hymns and prayers, or a more contemporary, personalised service, your wishes can be arranged accordingly.
Writing A Will
A Will is a legal document that sets out how your property is to be divided after your death. Under the Will, an executor is appointed who will look after your estate.
The executor must:
- Collect all your assets
- Pay all your debts
- Distribute your estate in accordance with your Will
Laws covering the legal requirements for preparing a valid legal Will vary from state to state, however, in all states you must:
- Be over 18 years old and understand what you are doing
- Ensure that your specific wishes are in writing. Verbal instructions are not enough
- Have the document signed in the presence of two witnesses in order for your Will to be valid
To find out more, contact your solicitor or legal representative.