2010-05-21 / Community

Making Sure Your Funeral Plans Will Be Honored

Consumers who prepay their funerals in New York State have strong safeguards to protect the integrity of the funds they have set aside. However, an important issue must be addressed. Who do they want to control the funeral plans when they are no longer around? Traditionally, this person has been a spouse or next-of-kin who carries out the wishes of the deceased, but today’s society includes more non-traditional family structures. “Blended” family members, stepchildren, domestic partners, former spouses and others may argue that they are the ones responsible.

The law now allows a person to appoint somebody to control his or her final disposition if he or she chooses to bypass the “next-of-kin” hierarchy enumerated in the law. This can be a relative, friend or just about anybody 18-years-of-age or older and the person appointing the agent must complete a form titled “Appoint-ment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains.”

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