A funeral is an essential expense. Thankfully, a little planning will reduce the uncertainty of costs and payment. If you don’t plan for funeral expenses, you run the risk of your family having to ask others to share an unexpected burden. This puts everyone in an embarrassing and uncomfortable position. And if you borrow money, it has to be repaid. Here are some options for financing funerals:
Pre-Need Insurance and Annuities
Pre-need insurance plans and annuities are designed to cover the expenses associated with your death and funeral. Both of these options are provided by life insurance companies that specialize in the funding of funerals. Because the monies are placed in a life insurance company these two options have many benefits that the other options listed below do not have. Monies that can be put aside for funerals when using life insurance is basically unlimited. Whereas the monies placed in bank trusts and traditional life insurance products have limits place on them, especially when families are applying for medical assistance. For the specific limitations feel free to contact us.
Traditional Life Insurance
A traditional life insurance policy can meet several needs–pay off loans, fund education costs, and provide for living expenses, as well as funeral expenses. But remember that if you are applying for medical assistance limitations exist.
Bank or Funeral Trust
A funeral trust is similar to a savings plan. The earnings on funeral bank trust funds are taxed every year, and paid either by the family or by the trust itself.
Beware with this strategy. A long illness can easily deplete short-term savings, while taxes and early withdrawal penalties can reduce long-term savings.
While there are many options for financing funerals, not all are beneficial to you or your family. Our professional and friendly staff at Willwerscheid Funeral Home and Cremation is ready to answer your questions or help you get started with your planning. Contact us today for a no pressure conversation.