The ‘deadline’ for Missouri preneed sellers to ‘voluntarily’ report their pre-SB1 trust funded sales is a mere two weeks away. Again, this is a voluntary report. As such, missing the ‘deadline’ or failing to use the Board’s form carries no penalty to the preneed seller. So, why file?

The reason expressed by one State

It seems paradoxical to see preneed regulators ramping up audit programs while state budgets are being slashed to the bone. Yet, several I-70 corridor states will soon implement new preneed audit programs.

Missouri’s preneed funeral audits will be funded out of a combination of license fees and preneed contract fees. Missouri’s new cemetery law did

In August 2009, the members and staff of the Missouri State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors put in a lot of overtime to keep the preneed industry operating. Senate Bill 1 established brand new licensing requirements for preneed sellers. Without a license, a seller’s preneed contracts could be voided. However, the State Board lacked authority

Missouri funeral homes will get their first glimpse of their State Board’s proposal for self reporting for preneed sales.  Under the prior law, preneed sellers merely reported the number of contracts sold and their aggregate sales price. 

For Missouri regulators to properly assess whether ‘old’ Chapter 436 trusts and joint accounts are properly funded, the

NPS, beleaguered by state regulatory proceedings in Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Iowa, has called it quits. 

NO MAS! 

ENOUGH! 

Much to the surprise of industry leaders, NPS has suggested it will do what’s in the best interests of the consumers.  Could this mean a refund to everyone?

April