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Funeral Planning & Costs after a Wrongful Death

Posted by attorney Vincent Pravato

As you focus on planning a service for your family member, let a West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyer deal with legal proceedings stemming from a wrongful death. Funerals can be expensive and complicated, particularly when you are dealing with the emotional turmoil from the unexpected loss of a loved one.

How much do funerals cost?

According to a survey conducted by the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral was $6,560 in 2009, but this does not include the cost of a gravesite, grave marker, or vault. Be sure to consider these additional costs, as they may increase the overall cost of the funeral.

It is possible to plan a meaningful and inexpensive funeral. There are several ways to mitigate the costs. Consult with your funeral director about costs and your wrongful death lawyer about possible compensatory funds from your wrongful death claim.

One way to avoid overspending is to make sure the prices you get from the funeral home represent the cost of the entire service. It is easy to miss details when you are in the throes of grief. Remember, when the funeral home gives you the cost of the casket, that price does not include the cost of services, transportation and cemetery fees.

How do I plan a funeral?

Don’t let planning the funeral become as complicated as the legal jargon in your wrongful death claim. If you take things step by step, you can successfully arrange a beautiful service to honor the memory of your loved one.

The first step is to call to the funeral home, asking to have the body of your loved one moved to that funeral home. This step is immediately followed by transportation; the body can be transported to either a local funeral home or to another city or state for services.

You will then have to begin making decisions about the funeral service. You will need to schedule personal services, purchase any desired funeral products (casket, flowers, etc.), and make arrangements for the final disposition of the body. The funeral director will help you make these necessary arrangements.

Next, you will need to make cemetery arrangements. To do this, you can either meet with a cemetery representative or ask the funeral director to relay your wishes to the cemetery on your behalf. Basically, this step involves choosing and purchasing a burial or entombment space.

Finally, you will need to ensure that all of the legal and financial matters of the deceased are appropriately handled, including:

  • sending death notices;
  • commencing estate proceedings;
  • accounting for debts and assets; and
  • filing death benefit claims.

Handling a Wrongful Death Claim

If your loved one was killed in a tragedy that was caused by the negligence of another person, the deceased’s legal matters should include filing a wrongful death claim. The compensation from a wrongful death claim cannot possibly make up for the loss of that person, but it can help you to pay for the funeral arrangements your loved one deserves and cover other costs associated with the loss.

The West Palm Beach wrongful death lawyers at The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato are familiar with wrongful death law in Florida and can help you with your claim. Call today for a free consultation: 1-800-428-3476.

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