Current Funeral Home Fiascos

Are you worried about receiving ashes (as in wood ashes) instead of your loved one’s cremains? Or, are you fighting for a body to be released from a funeral home? You wouldn’t be alone in both cases, as funeral homes in this country throughout July played some morbid and damaging games with clients. In other cases, some funeral directors and homes were sentenced to pay for damages this month for their parts in previous schemes.

How to Refuse a Bequest

Did your Uncle Big Bucks die and leave you his house, his savings and an investment portfolio? While many people would be happy to claim a bequest such as this, you may not want his financial burden. Taxes or other reasons may give you pause in accepting Uncle Big Buck’s legacy.

How to Transport a Body Across State Lines

You may have read about the Oklahoma couple who covered up the death of a daughter and who transported that child’s body across six state lines about six times for a total of 1,900 miles before they were caught. While cases like this occur occasionally, body transportation must exist to return a body to a family or to send the deceased to a burial location outside the place of death, among other legitimate reasons. Can you deliver a body yourself, or do regulations exist to prevent this measure?

In-Home Care vs. Nursing Home

If you’re planning your retirement, you might note that not every older American ends up in a nursing home or a retirement residence. Many elders continue to live at home with the assistance of in-home care. This type of elder retirement meets the needs of the retiree and – often – the needs of that retiree’s family. This type of care helps to maintain independence and can helpfully delay the need to enter an assisted-living facility.

When Are You Dead?

Are you afraid that doctors will declare that you’re dead when you’re still alive but not responsive? The fear of being buried alive is a long-standing one, but these days folks might fear being tagged for organ or total body donation when they are, in fact, still alive. Have you ever thought about what measure is used to determine when people really are dead?

Organ Donations: Opt In or Opt Out?

Are you confused about organ donations? Don’t feel alone – each state and each country in the world has laws that dictate how and why organ donations can be done. While it may be a simple act for you to donate your organs on your driver’s license when you renew it in the U.S., the recipient may have already learned that obtaining that lung, heart or other body part that could save his or her life is not so easy.

Living Wills Could Save Money Nationwide

On April 19 this year, the nation celebrated its first National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD). The National Healthcare decisions Day was designed to help Americans understand that making future healthcare decisions includes much more than deciding what care they would or would not want regarding their health. This initiative also advocates “expressing preferences, clarifying values, identifying care preferences and selecting an agent to express healthcare decisions if patients are unable to speak for themselves.”

The Most Important Document After Death

After a loved one dies, do you know which document you need to move forward with everything from wills to the burial? The death certificate, sometimes called the medical certificate of the cause of death (MCCD), is a document issued by a government official such as a registrar of vital statistics that declares the date, location and cause of a person’s death. While a death certificate can help officials and others understand how the person died, it also may be required in order to arrange a burial or cremation, to prove a person’s will or to claim on a person’s life insurance.

What is a Holographic Will?

What would be on your mind if you were trapped, alone and near death? If you did not answer, “my last will and testament,” then either you already have a will or you don’t have enough assets to worry about. Being in a situation where you are near death hardly allows a valid will to be written – which is one reason why you might think about getting one together now instead.

Why You Might Need Long-Term Care Insurance

Most people associate long-term care with the elderly. But, long-term care also applies to the ongoing care of individuals who no longer can perform tasks independently – no matter the age. These activities of daily living, also called ADLs, include bathing, dressing and eating. The inability to conduct an ADL includes illness, injury or a cognitive disorder.