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Funeral Planning Check List, Vital Statistics Form,
Laws Concerning Disposition of the Body:
New York State Requirements:
The law requires funeral homes to provide prices over the phone, if asked. You must be informed in advance of all charges involved with your selections and substitutions may not be made without your permission. There is no extra charge or fee for filing the death certificate or getting it medically certified. Unless disclosed at the time of the funeral arrangements, you may not be charged interest on an outstanding balance.
Be aware that respectable funeral home directors will never pressure you to choose more expensive merchandise than you ask for. It is actually illegal for the funeral director or the funeral home staff to imply or state explicitly that any merchandise you choose is inferior or unsatisfactory in any way as a means of subtly pressuring you to make a different purchase. If you believe you are being pressured and wish to change funeral homes, you may do so at any time. You will be legally obligated to pay for any services that you have agreed to that are already done, but the body may be moved to another funeral home regardless of the balance on your bill.
Embalming is required only for bodies which will be viewed or kept for visitation. The funeral director may not refuse to embalm the body. Neither can they charge an extra fee for preparing the body of a person who died from an infectious disease. You must be allowed to view the body if you wish to do so. The body needs to be containerized, but you do not need to purchase a casket from a funeral home. While state law does not require a vault, many cemeteries do, to prevent graves from sinking.
If your religion prohibits embalming, the body must be cremated or buried within 24 hours.
New York State law allows for:
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Out of State/Country Deaths
Laws Concerning Disposition of the Estate
We are not qualified to advise you on the legal issues regarding estate planning or distribution. Therefore, we suggest you visit the link below and research lawyers or estate planners to your own satisfaction.
LEGAL ASSISTANCE OF THE FINGER LAKES
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