When our office prepares an estate plan for a client, we provide them with a section in their estate planning binder to make their wishes known to their family. This includes notifying specific family members, friends, and organizations of the individual's passing. We also provide forms for our clients to set forth their personal information; sections for handling of remains and marker selection; casket or urn selection; information concerning a remembrance/funeral service; and information regarding costs and expenses.
For those that do not wish to pre-pay the expenses, we encourage them to make sure their estate has the liquid assets available to make payment. This can be done in a variety of ways including earmarking an account for the purpose or even purchasing insurance.