The final arrangements are something to take into consideration when you are planning your estate.
It can be assumed that your family members will just step up and take care of things after your passing, and this probably would take place. However, they will not know how you would have wanted them to proceed if you do not leave behind instructions.
As a result, your body may not be handled in accordance with your actual preferences, and the service may not be in line with your ideals.
Even if you were of the mind that you really don’t care about the final arrangements you have another reason to leave behind instructions. Family members can disagree about the appropriate course of action, and you certainly don’t want to leave behind acrimony among loved ones.
There are some sensitive decisions that must be made. For example, caskets come in a wide variety of prices. The innuendo may be that the more you spend the more you cared about the deceased relative, but actually many would say this is not necessarily the case.
You can state your own preferences and all but eliminate the possibility of disagreements among your family members by executing a document called an authorization for final disposition.
With this authorization you name someone who is empowered to actually put the wheels in motion when the time comes. You include instructions so that the representative knows exactly how you would like your final affairs to be handled and he or she sees to it that your vision becomes a reality.
If you are interested in learning more about how final arrangements fit into an estate plan we have prepared an informative report on the topic. To obtain your copy of the report click this link and fill in the form: Report on Final Arrangements
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