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

Tag Archives: transition plans

NY Times: But Mom said everything was taken care of

Posted in Prepaid Funeral Contract, Preplanning, Transition Documents
We’re back to that recent New York Times article about funeral planning.  The reporter offers spot on advice about the ‘gaps’ of preneed arrangements.  A surviving parent will frequently advise adult children that they need not worry about his (or her) funeral because they have purchased a preneed contract.  As the article suggests, adult children… Continue Reading

New York Times: How to Plan Your Own Funeral

Posted in Guaranteed, Non-guaranteed, Preneed, Prepaid Funeral Contract, Transition Documents
Earlier this year, the New York Times ran a story that on funeral planning that raised several valid issues and recommendations.  We will use the next few blog posts to explore certain issues and recommendations in greater detail.   With this post we will start with the article’s discussion of prepaying for a preneed contract, and… Continue Reading

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

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