Q. If you died today, what funeral home

would you call?

A. Of course, the answer is none

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Do YOU Want To Maintain Control ?  

Then…You’ll Need The Following...


Will

Anyone who owns property and wants to control who receives the property after his or her death should have a will, regardless of the value of the property. Without a will the state decides who gets what.

Living Will *

You have a right to decide whether or not you receive life sustaining support in the event of a fatal illness, or accident. Someone has to make that decision ...don't make your family be the ones to decide.  

 

Power of Attorney

A document in which you state that you give someone else (usually a trusted relative or friend) the authority to make certain decisions and act on your behalf. The person to whom you give these powers is called an "agent" or "attorney-in-fact." As long as you are capable of making decisions, the other person must follow your directions. A power of attorney ends upon your death. 

 

Pre-Need Funeral Arrangements

Funeral arrangements can be made ahead of time, when the family can think more clearly and without the emotional factors a death brings. You select the type of services you wish to have, the casket and outer burial container (vault). We record all of the details that we will need when a death occurs...social security numbers, parents' names, veterans' information, names and addresses of survivors, and so on. We will also record information such as your favorite hymns and scripture verses, so they can be incorporated into your service.

 

Pre-Need Funeral Trust

Once pre-need funeral arrangements are made, there is an option to pre-pay the funeral. The funds received by the funeral home must be placed into a interest bearing trust fund. This fund by New York State law, is either revocable or irrevocable depending on the person’s Medicaid status.

 

Health Care Proxy *

A legal document which you fill out, sign, and have witnessed, appointing someone of your choice to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to make the decisions for yourself. It only is used if you are declared incompetent by two physicians. Your proxy is not legally liable for decisions or cost of treatments.

 

DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) *

A do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order tells medical professionals not to perform CPR. This means that doctors, nurses and emergency medical personnel will not attempt emergency CPR if the patient's breathing or heartbeat stops. DNR orders may be written for patients in a hospital or nursing home, or for patients at home. (orally to physician, in writing "Living Will", or by health care proxy.)

* These are related

 

Death Care Proxy  (Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains)

You can appoint any person (with their consent) to take control of the disposition of your remains. This person does not have to be related to you.  Without this documentation NYS has a set hierarchy which will be used to determine control. (Spouse, Domestic Partner, Child over 18, ect.)

 

~ All these forms are available through our funeral home ~

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