Missouri’s preneed seller renewal forms include reports regarding each contract that is funded either by a trust, a joint bank account or an insurance contract. What may not be apparent to both funeral homes and funding agents is the requirement under SB1 that the funding agent attest to the accuracy of the information set out in the seller’s report.
While the report forms accurately track the provisions of SB1, some banks officers may balk when asked to provide their signature to the form.
Banks, whether they issue joint accounts or serve as a preneed trustee, are dependent upon the funeral home for accurate information regarding the preneed contracts reported to them. While the intent of the report is to obtain financial information regarding each contract, there will be a few bankers hesitant to sign for fear they are being asked to certify the completeness of the contracts reported, or the accuracy of data reported about the purchasers and beneficiaries.
If a Missouri funeral home finds itself caught between a hesitant banker and the October 31st reporting deadline, it should make an inquiry to the State Board to determine if the certification can be revised to the following:
The undersigned, after being duly sworn, on his/her oath states: (1) I am over 21 years of age and am authorized on behalf of the financial institution set out above to attest to the information set out in this report; (2) the preneed contract information set out in columns 1 through 6 of this report has been provided by the seller identified above; and (3) the joint account information set out in columns 7 through 13 is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge.