The General Laws Committee of the Missouri Senate will hold a hearing this Wednesday (April 7th) on SB 1025. This bill provides hope to many small, rural funeral directors who would rather avoid the preneed transaction and the regulatory morass of SB1.
The bill would add a new Section 208.010.5 whereby individuals seeking to spend down assets to qualify for assistance could establish an irrevocable trust of up to $10,000. The trust could only be used for funeral and burial expenses. The section would also exclude the arrangement from Chapter 436.
When a similar provision was included in last year’s SB1, the funeral directors association expressed concern that the arrangement would be abused. However, the requirements of SB1 have proven burdensome and confusing to the industry, extremely so for the funeral home that only accepts “pre-arrangement funds” as an accommodation.
A Chapter 208 final expense trust would provide the consumer and his Missouri funeral operator a much-needed alternative to the joint account contract.