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: Transition Documents

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Transition Plans: Family Support

Posted in Power of Attorney, Transition Documents
The Kansas City Star recently devoted a column to Marty Schottenheimer, and his family’s support as he adjusts to life with Alzheimer’s.   Coach Schottenheimer was diagnosed with the disease in his late 60’s, but continues an active life, with the assistance of his wife, son, and daughter-in-law.  The column is a reminder that multiple family… Continue Reading

Estate Planning and Funeral Arrangements: A Will will be too Late

Posted in Preplanning, Right of Sepulcher, Transition Documents
Funeral and burial preplanning should be a part of every estate plan, but some web pages promoting estate planning can be misleading or impractical.   The estate planning page sponsored by Lawyers.com suggests that funeral arrangement preferences can be incorporated into a will or health care power of attorney to alleviate the financial and emotional burdens… Continue Reading

Churches: Conversation Sabbath

Posted in Churches/Ritual, Transition Documents, Uncategorized
Churches from different denominations are observing “Conservation Sabbath” from November 11th through the 20th.  In 2010, a faith-related initiative titled the “The Conversation Project” was initiated by journalist Ellen Goodman.  The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.  Their website states: “Too many people are dying in a… Continue Reading

Right of Sepulcher: Last Rites Denied

Posted in Right of Sepulcher, Transition Documents
We recently came across a Missouri Law Review article that examined a Missouri Court of Appeals case that ruled a durable power of attorney for health care decisions was ineffective for the granting a right of sepulcher.  The form included a “springing” clause which was never triggered by two physicians’ determination of incompetency.  The article… Continue Reading

The Right of Sepulcher: One Hurdle to the Final Resting Place

Posted in Cremation, Preplanning, Right of Sepulcher, Supulcher/Preference Laws, Transition Documents
A Kansas City Star article reported on the role of the Missing in Action Project in getting Major Rombauer to his final resting place.  Much of the work of the MIA Project goes unreported, but this story was found noteworthy because Major Rombauer’s cremains had been sitting on a shelf at the crematory for 102… Continue Reading