On June 22, 2015

While the estate planning process is generally focused on how your assets and estate will be handled upon your passing, another important aspect of it can be planning for the final disposition of your body.

Although making these plans can seem morbid to some, it can be essential to sparing loved ones additional stress after a death, as they won’t have to try to guess how the decedent wanted to be put to rest.

So, to help you get on path to developing your final arrangements, below, we’ve pointed out some important facts to know about this step in the estate planning process. When you are ready to move forward or you need some professional advice related to your situation, however, don’t hesitate to contact a trusted Denver estate planning attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC.

Making Final Arrangements: Here’s What You Should Know

1 – Your final arrangements should be laid out in a document that is distinct from your will.

An experienced Denver estate planning attorney points out some important things to know about making your final arrangements. Contact us for help with any estate planning needs.

An experienced Denver estate planning attorney points out some important things to know about making your final arrangements. Contact us for help with any estate planning needs.

The reason this is recommended is that, after a death, plans for laying the decedent to rest typically have to be made ASAP – and this is often well before the will is tracked down.

By putting your plans in separate document and letting your loved ones know where this document is, you can ease their distress and work after your death, as they will have the final arrangement plans clearly laid out and readily accessible.

2 – Health care directive can be used to lay out final arrangement plans.

If you are currently working on developing an estate plan, then it’s a good idea to develop a health care directive and use this directive to detail your final arrangements. This is because a health care directive will already outline your wishes regarding life-support and end-of-life care, so it can be a natural place to leave final arrangement plans.

3 – Specific details should be addressed in your final arrangement plans.

In fact, although your final arrangement plans can be dictated by your religion, customs or personal preferences, some of the specific details that should be included are as follows (but are not exclusive to the following):

  • Whether you want to be buried or cremated
  • Whether you have already made plans with a mortuary or crematorium (and, if so, the name of the entity)
  • The details of your funeral (or any ceremony you would like held before you are laid to rest)
  • The details regarding your headstone (if applicable).

Denver Estate Planning Attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC

When you are ready to put a comprehensive estate plan in place, you can turn to the Denver estate planning attorney at JR Phillips & Associates, PC. We provide a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to our clients’ estate planning, elder law and other legal needs, and we take pride in helping each of our clients and their families find the best solutions for them.

Let’s discuss your options during an initial consultation. To schedule this meeting, call us at (303) 741-2400 or email us using the contact form at the top of this page.

From our offices in Denver, we serve clients throughout the southwest and southeast Metro Area, including (but not limited to) people in Highlands Ranch, Littleton, Castle Rock, Parker, Aurora, Greenwood Village and Englewood.

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