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FCA Amicus: Case challenging monopolistic state laws FCA Amicus: Case challenging monopolistic state laws

Date added: 11/26/2007
Date modified: 11/26/2007
Filesize: 106.67 kB
Downloads: 8310

Retail Casket Sales Whitepaper Retail Casket Sales Whitepaper

Date added: 11/26/2007
Date modified: 11/26/2007
Filesize: 58.5 kB
Downloads: 23716

Veterans Funeral and Burial Benefits Veterans Funeral and Burial Benefits

Date added: 11/26/2007
Date modified: 12/07/2007
Filesize: 81.28 kB
Downloads: 7401

WIDesignatedAgent WIDesignatedAgent

Date added: 03/06/2008
Date modified: 03/06/2008
Filesize: 23.79 kB
Downloads: 8806
Designated Agent Form For Wisconsin

Joint Letter on Missouri Preneed Laws 2008 Joint Letter on Missouri Preneed Laws 2008

Date added: 05/04/2008
Date modified: 05/04/2008
Filesize: 106.88 kB
Downloads: 5215

FCA Comments on MO Board Proposed Bill 2008 FCA Comments on MO Board Proposed Bill 2008

Date added: 05/04/2008
Date modified: 05/04/2008
Filesize: 223.69 kB
Downloads: 5664

FCA of Central Ohio Testimony on SB 196; Preneed Reform FCA of Central Ohio Testimony on SB 196; Preneed Reform

Date added: 05/22/2008
Date modified: 05/22/2008
Filesize: 96.61 kB
Downloads: 5308

Caring For Your Own in South Carolina Caring For Your Own in South Carolina

Date added: 05/27/2008
Date modified: 05/27/2008
Filesize: 121.76 kB
Downloads: 8472

Iowa Body Disposition Agent Form Iowa Body Disposition Agent Form

Date added: 08/02/2008
Date modified: 08/02/2008
Filesize: 69.15 kB
Downloads: 8471
Iowa Body Disposition Agent Form

FTC 2008 Advisory Opinion - Crematories and the Funeral Rule FTC 2008 Advisory Opinion - Crematories and the Funeral Rule

Date added: 10/06/2008
Date modified: 10/06/2008
Filesize: 59.68 kB
Downloads: 5324
The Federal Trade Commission ruled that independent crematories - those not affiliated with a full-service funeral home - that do business directly with the public have to abide by the Funeral Rule.

Colorado Disposition Wishes and Agent Declaration Colorado Disposition Wishes and Agent Declaration

Date added: 10/17/2008
Date modified: 10/17/2008
Filesize: 5.53 kB
Downloads: 9476

HR 3655 - A 2009 Bill to Expand the Funeral Rule by Congressman Bobby Rush HR 3655 - A 2009 Bill to Expand the Funeral Rule by Congressman Bobby Rush

Date added: 09/25/2009
Date modified: 09/25/2009
Filesize: 48.58 kB
Downloads: 5416
HR 3655, introduced September 25, 2009, by Congressman Bobby Rush (D-IL). The bill expands the FTC Funeral Rule to cover cemeteries, monument dealers, and casket retailers.

Gast Monuments Support for HR3655 Gast Monuments Support for HR3655

Date added: 01/08/2010
Date modified: 01/08/2010
Filesize: 83.95 kB
Downloads: 4818
A compelling letter from a monument company detailing abuse of consumers by cemeteries and urging passage of HR3655, the Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2009.

FTC Casket Advisory Opinion April 2010 FTC Casket Advisory Opinion April 2010

Date added: 04/20/2010
Date modified: 04/20/2010
Filesize: 66.9 kB
Downloads: 4067

FTC letter states funeral homes may not:

  • Refuse to accept a third-party casket if it's delivered in more than or fewer than any certain number of days before the funeral
  • Require third-party caskets to be delivered by appointment only during normal business hours
  • Refuse to accept a third-party casket at a specified time, during normal business hours, unless funeral home staff are occupied with a funeral at that time
  • Refuse to allow a third-party casket retailer to use the funeral home's ordinary, standard equipment (such as rolling carts) to bring the casket into the funeral home

Catholic Cemetery Conference Letter 2010 Catholic Cemetery Conference Letter 2010

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 105.6 kB
Downloads: 4066
Letter from CCC protesting HR3655 and asking for exemption for religious cemeteries.

FCA's Response to Catholic Cemetery Conference FCA's Response to Catholic Cemetery Conference

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 159.23 kB
Downloads: 4151
FCA rebuts CCC's letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking for religious exemption.

FCA Supplemental Testimony to House Energy Commerce Committee on Exempting Religious Cemeteries FCA Supplemental Testimony to House Energy Commerce Committee on Exempting Religious Cemeteries

Date added: 05/14/2010
Date modified: 05/14/2010
Filesize: 224.35 kB
Downloads: 5072

2010 Virginia Refrigeration and Embalming Law 2010 Virginia Refrigeration and Embalming Law

Date added: 06/18/2010
Date modified: 06/18/2010
Filesize: 9.51 kB
Downloads: 3721
A new law requiring funeral homes to refrigerate or embalm bodies after 48 hours. The law bars embalming without express permission, so families will have the choice of refrigeration.

2010 California State Audit of Preneed Master Trust 2010 California State Audit of Preneed Master Trust

Date added: 07/06/2010
Date modified: 07/06/2010
Filesize: 125.07 kB
Downloads: 4080
2010 regulatory audit showing the state's largest preneed trust institution misused $70 million in consumers' prepaid funeral money.

Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act 2011 Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act 2011

Date added: 03/15/2011
Date modified: 03/15/2011
Filesize: 580.63 kB
Downloads: 4406
A bill that would extend the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Rule to cover cemeteries, crematories, and third-party merchandise vendors. Introduced by Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush on March 1, 2011.
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Dangers of Prepaying

"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".

The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.

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