When a loved one dies, grieving family members are left with countless decisions to make about the funeral – all of which need to be made quickly. These include:
Every year, thousands of Americans struggle with these decisions and need help with funeral costs. It’s common for people to wonder where to start.
A good first step is understanding what your rights are when it comes to funeral expenses and other burial costs.
Laws regarding funerals and burials vary from state to state and understanding them can be daunting. Knowing and understanding all of your options will help reduce the stress of funeral planning and protect your rights when interacting with funeral homes. Learn more about what to do when a loved one dies.
Below is a quick list of rights and funeral planning tips that can help you with funeral expenses.
The Funeral Rule
The Funeral Rule was introduced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to prevent funeral homes from pressuring people into buying goods and services they didn’t want or need, and from charging inflated prices for the items they did want.
The goal of this rule is to help consumers know their rights when it comes to funeral home costs. The Funeral Rule gives consumers the right to: