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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Planning for Your Funeral

Funeral casketAlthough one of the best gifts you can give your family is properly preparing them for your death, less than 30% of Americans have some form of estate plan. Properly planning for your funeral can allow your family time to grieve and recover rather than rushing through important and expensive decisions.

In addition to pre-planning your funeral, it is also helpful to pre-pay for it. Methods of doing this include saving, life insurance, funeral insurance, and pre-need trust agreements.

For more information on each of these prepayment methods as well as ideas regarding what to consider when planning your funeral, see Christopher P. Hill, How to Create a Smart End-of-Life Plan for Your Loved Ones, FuneralResources.com, June 14, 2010.


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We have been studying how adult children can successfully introduce the concept of estate planning to
aging parents or grandparents without seeming to be self serving or intrusive. One of the most effective
methods we have identified so far is to bridge from their own estate planning to that of their parents.
In short, the younger generation uses their meeting with their advisers and what they have learned about
changing laws, taxation, medicaid and related issues to broach the topic with the aging generation.

I'm interested in hearing others experiences in counseling on this issue.

Thank you in advance for you thoughts.
David M. Frees III
Unruh, Turner, Burke and Frees

Posted by: David M. Frees III, Esq. | Jul 30, 2010 4:59:57 PM

This is so true. We should plan our funeral ahead of time, though may seem awkward and feeling strange so that our love ones won't be hassle and stress when the time comes.

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