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

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The Ecclesiastical Preneed Funeral Plan: Exceptional Financial Security

Posted in Churches/Ritual
The promotional website for the Ecclesiastical Preneed Funeral Plan could easily be mistaken for that of a funeral home.  This church stresses to parishioners the need to not only plan their funeral, but to also make financial provisions for their eventual funeral expense.  The website points out that funeral costs are rising, and funding a… Continue Reading

Church and Funeral Directors in Partnership

Posted in Churches/Ritual
We came across the Dioceses of Liverpool website some time ago when researching the income tax consequences of church sponsored preneed programs.  We had found that preneed funeral programs in England, Canada and Australia were often established and operated independent of the funeral home.  With a high cremation rate, English churches saw an opportunity to… Continue Reading

MyRA: Is preneed headed in a similar direction?

Posted in Funeral, Preneed, Preneed Development, Preplanning
President Obama used his State of the Union address to unveil a new type of retirement account dubbed “MyRA”.  Recognizing that Americans are woefully unprepared for their retirement years, the President believes the MyRA offers individuals a safe option to induce them to begin saving for those golden years.  A CNBC report provides an explanation… Continue Reading

Succession Planning Gone Bad

Posted in Funeral
At age 78, Darrell Bennett should be spending his days on a Florida golf course. Instead, he is back in Michigan trying to salvage his life’s work. Like so many funeral home owners, Mr. Bennett handed over the keys to someone he trusted and took back a note for the purchase price. According to stories… Continue Reading

Missouri’s Personal Preference Law: End of Life Planning

Posted in Supulcher/Preference Laws
An important revision to Missouri’s personal preference law goes into effect on August 28th.  The original law (R.S.Mo. Section 194.119) was confusing to funeral directors about whether an individual could override the preferences of his/her next-of-kin.  With the revision, funeral directors can more comfortably rely upon the individual’s durable power of attorney when following the instructions of someone other than the… Continue Reading