Browsing: Financial Responsibility for Funeral Costs

Share a SolutionAsk a Question
To Top

Financial Responsibility for Funeral Costs

Planning for your funeral expenses helps reduce the stress on your loved ones in their time of grief. This guide is about financial responsibility for funeral costs.

Ad
Flowers on a grave.
Filter: All Articles Sort: Relevance

May 15, 2015 Flag
0 found this helpful

My ex-husband just passed and I was told by the funeral home that being that we were married 25 years and never married anyone else that I am responsible for half of the funeral expense. Is this true that there is a law for this?

May 16, 20150 found this helpful

Sounds to me like the funeral home is doing a number on you, trying to "sell" you.

Despite being divorced, you were together a number of years and I'm sorry for your loss.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 16, 20150 found this helpful

I enjoy learning. I do a lot of research on the Internet. This time I'll guess, instead. If anyone does research this subject, they are welcome to show me right or wrong.

I'm guessing there's no state or federal law making anyone responsible for anothers funeral expenses. That includes children, parents, spouses or ex spouses.

Even if you were the beneficiary of a burial policy for the deceased, I don't think there's any law requiring a person to use the money for its intended purpose.

We may, in time, be required to carry burial insurance made payable to a state approved or state appointed undertaker....pretty much like today's car insurance. I wouldn't doubt it.

Hope I haven't given the undertakers and legislators any ideas.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 16, 20150 found this helpful

I never heard of such a thing! Please check with your state and local governments about this. I think someone is trying to take advantage of you. Sorry about his passing, but I believe you have no obligations where he is concerned.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 16, 20150 found this helpful

Absolutely not! You are NOT responsible for any of the burial costs!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
 
May 17, 20150 found this helpful

I certainly agree with everyone who posted about you NOT being responsible for any part of his funeral expenses.

But I believe you should report the funeral home to your state/county legislators as they could just be trying to get "extra" money...

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

March 15, 2016 Flag
0 found this helpful

My sister and I are not close. If she passes, am I responsible for her funeral costs?

Ad
Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 16, 20160 found this helpful

Why not ask a lawyer (and mention where you both live)? I understand the laws differ rather markedly from place to place.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 16, 20160 found this helpful

This link answers some questions.

http://blogs.findlaw.com/law_and_li ... l-costs-after-a-relatives-death.html

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

February 5, 2014 Flag
0 found this helpful

My mother in-law remarried 8 years ago. They live in my mother's home and he will continue to live there after her death. She has let her life insurance lapse and she is now 80 years old. If she died first who should be responsible for paying for her funeral?

By Harriet W.

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 5, 20140 found this helpful

That is something your husband should discuss with his mother and step father. That being said, if there aren't any plans already made, it would depend on how your husband feels about his mother. There are inexpensive funeral plans. If nobody in the family can afford a funeral, counties will do an inexpensive one.

In my case I will have to have the county pay my final expenses and there is one cemetery in town that has one area that has been blessed and is referred to as a spreading garden, where a person's ashes can be spread and a cement stepping stone is made with the person's name, date, etc. and put in place in the garden, all this for $100.00, plus the cost of cremation.

Ad
ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 6, 20140 found this helpful

Bodies can be donated to a university for research. But I don't think anyone can be held financially responsible for another's fineral expenses. I could be wrong. I don't have a whole lot of friends, only one sibling left so I've told my two children, no funeral, no viewing and as simple as you can make it. That does not mean you loved me any less and I'd rather they have my money than a funeral director who would, more than likely, try to rip them off.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 6, 20140 found this helpful

Red Hatter has some very sensible advice. This is for your husband to discuss with his mother, and it depends very much on how you wish to celebrate her life after her passing. Many people prepay for their funerals, so that their children are not burdened with expense, nor spend far more on a show for the community than the parent would want.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
December 2, 20140 found this helpful

If the man she remarried is still alive, he is responsible for the costs of her funeral. Best to have a discussion with both of them. If she paid into the policy long term then there may be funds. You need to find that out.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

September 3, 2013 Flag
0 found this helpful

I am legally married to a woman who recently passed away. Her family decided to pull the plug and I was present during that decision. Now they want me to pay for her funeral, but we haven't been together for more than 14 years. Am I legally responsible to pay the funeral cost?

By DP

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 4, 20130 found this helpful

Yes, legal spouse followed by adult children. Perhaps you could all pitch in? You can cremate for less than $1,000 in WA state.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 5, 20130 found this helpful

You are saying that you and your wife have been separated for 14 years, and there is no one in her family who would rather step up and take care of her funeral? Did no one care for this poor woman? Were you living totally separate lives, or was she confined to a care home or something like that? Well, that isn't really my business, but it seems to me that whoever inherits her estate should step up and take care of the expenses. However, if there is no estate, and you can afford to pay for the funeral, perhaps you should do so, as a final act of respect for this woman whom you once loved.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 5, 20130 found this helpful

In most states the spouse is responsible for funeral expenses as well as all bills the person has left behind. Only 14 years together? If your wife were a millionaire, what if her family said you all had only been together 14 years so really that isn't long enough for him to get anything. This was your wife.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 24, 20130 found this helpful

Yes, some state the spouse is responsibility, and also you can donate the body to science and it want cost you a thing or you can just have the body burned and throw the ashes to the wind. Since you have been seperated for so long there may not be anything legally that ties you to her, her family can go half with you on the funeral, and I will check and see if there was an insurance policy!

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

July 6, 2010 Flag
0 found this helpful

Who's responsible for a funeral when there is a spouse?

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More...

October 25, 2012 Flag
0 found this helpful

If two people are not married who is legally responsible for funeral costs and medical bills?

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More...

November 16, 2013 Flag
0 found this helpful

My partner left his wife and came to live with me. He never divorced his wife and he has now died. I've been told that his wife is the next of kin so she has to arrange the funeral and handle the cost.

Answer This QuestionWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More...
Load More
Related
Categories
Budget & Finance AdviceSeptember 4, 2013
Guides
Saving Money on Funeral Expenses, A headstone at a cemetery.
Saving Money on Funeral Expenses
Funeral Memorial Book
Ideas for Funeral Memorial Books
Selecting a Broker or Financial Planner, Happy Couple Talking With Financial Consultant
Selecting a Broker or Financial Planner
gas costs for road travel
Estimating Gas Costs for Road Trips
More
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
© 1997-2016 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on September 26, 2016 at 11:33:18 PM on 10.0.0.72 in 5 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!