Yes, the State Board of Funeral Directors requires that every pre-need funeral contract used by funeral directors be approved by the Board. This is necessary in order to protect you, the consumer, from fraudulent plans. Even the wording of the "Pre-Need Contract" is carefully scrutinized by the State Board.
No, Rhode Island law does not permit you to pay a funeral home directly for your pre-need funeral plan. However, you are permitted to enter into a "Pre-Need Contract" that places your money into a special trust account in a bank or savings and loan.
Nothing will happen to your account. The special trust account is completely separate from any of the funeral home bank accounts. In fact, the bank will record your Social Security number on the trust account and treat it as your own personal account.
"Revocable" trust account is one that can be canceled by you at any time by notifying the funeral home in writing. You would be permitted to withdraw the money from the trust account at any time. An early withdrawal penalty or cancellation fee may be applied by the bank, however.
An "Irrevocable" trust account is one that cannot be withdrawn by you at any time, but must remain in force until the funeral service is provided. At that time, the account will be payable to the funeral home.
All of the interest earned in your account will be rolled back into the account. This is necessary in order to cover the cost of inflation over the years. However, your Pre-Need Contract has a clause that returns to your designated beneficiary the unused interest in your account.
Probably yes. However, once you pay the total amount due under the "Pre-Need Contract" with the Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory, you will have the assurance in writing that your family will never pay more for the goods and services that you have selected. Because the Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory has no control over the cost of cash advance items like cemetery grave openings, flowers, newspaper notices, etc., cash advance allowances are not covered by this guarantee.
The Federal Trade Commission requires that all funeral homes maintain dated price lists for the services and merchandise that is provided. The cost for your funeral service in the future will be determined solely by referring to the appropriate price list in effect at that time.
In this uncertain time of economic instability you will want to compare prices and make sure you are getting the best value for your dollar. We at Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory encourage you to compare costs at other local funeral homes. We think you will be surprised at the difference in cost from one firm to another. If you choose to move your pre-need funds to Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory, we will accept the transfer of any pre-need account and will assist you in making the change. Click here for more information.
Yes, many people choose to make complete funeral pre-arrangements and rely on existing life insurance or savings accounts to pay for their funeral expenses. The Gorton-Menard Funeral Home and Crematory will assist you in making any necessary beneficiary changes to your existing policies.
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