Death Care Compliance Law

Death Care Compliance Law

Preneed: A Pandora's Box of Problems

William Stalter is the founder of Stalter Legal Services and the Preneed Resource Company. Bill focuses his law practice on preneed and death care compliance, serving banks, funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries. He has written multiple published articles

Category Archives: Churches/Ritual

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Cooperation with Clergy

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Cremation, Funeral
The Saturday edition of the Kansas City Star includes a section titled “Faith” that is devoted to the issues of religion. A few weeks ago, Star reporter Helen Gray wrote two different Faith articles regarding local funeral trends: cremation and one funeral operation’s focus on working closer with churches. The cremation article offered the observations … Continue Reading

The Archdiocese of Louisville Lawsuit: attorney error

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Funeral
Trust a lawyer to add to the tension between clergy and the funeral director.   A Kentucky priest felt the need to re-establish the ground rules for funerals conducted in his parish, and a local funeral director took offense.   Claiming the rules were "an intentional and wrongful interference" with his business, the funeral director brought suit against the Archdiocese of Louisville.   The lawsuit has the unfortunate … Continue Reading

The Fork in the Road: personalization vs religious rituals

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Funeral, Preplanning
Two recent newspaper articles help to underscore the distinct directions the funeral ritual seems headed.  The Kansas City Star reported on how more families are opting for personalization over formal funeral rituals.  As the article indicates, personalization often requires the funeral director to spend more time with the family planning a memorial that is unique … Continue Reading

The Evolution of the Christian Burial: Church Columbariums

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Cremation
Cremation is having a profound impact on funeral homes, cemeteries and churches alike. While Christian denominations prefer to reinforce the role the body plays in funeral liturgy, cremation offers churches the opportunity to establish a bond with parishioners that cemeteries once provided. It is becoming fairly commonplace to read about churches, like the First Evangelical Lutheran Church … Continue Reading

Iowa Personal Preference Legislation – Whose Funeral is it?

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Legislation, Preneed, Preplanning, Supulcher/Preference Laws
The Iowa had not one, but two personal preference bills pending before its Legislature for the 2007/08 term: SF 473 and HF 2088.   The Senate version, SF 473, was backed by Iowa’s attorneys, and the House version, HF 2088, was backed by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association.  What caught my attention about these bills was the … Continue Reading