Whatever your wishes for the handling of your remains, an estate planning attorney can help you ensure they are conveyed in the appropriate manner. In some states, giving a family member a durable power of attorney for the handling of your remains will help smooth the process. Many estate planners include funeral instructions in a will, but that can be problematic if the will is not read immediately upon your death. As an Air Force JAG, it was important that my clients' families be instructed to promptly contact the VA National Cemetery Administration for potentially free burial in a national cemetery and/or an official headstone, flag, and full military honors. Whatever your plan, it is important that you tell your family about your funeral wishes and where to find the documentation of your wishes.
More information is available at the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance.
Published by the Law Office of Ian Holzhauer in Naperville, IL.
Note: The information above is not legal advice and is not the basis of an attorney-client relationship. If you need assistance, you can hire an attorney to assist you with your individual legal needs.