Beware of Funeral and Cemetery Fraud in Seattle

Posted by Michele Mintzer on Oct 10, 2012 6:30:00 AM

Funeral-and-Cemetery-Fraud, Retirement-Living-Safety, Senior-Living-adviceEvery once in a while a subject comes up in conversation that we would rather not think about, but is important nonetheless. While the topic of funeral and cemetery fraud is a little scary, it is important to be aware of scams that seniors are subjected to more and more with the increased use of the internet. Becoming an informed consumer is important if we want to protect our assets and avoid making the wrong purchases. Here are a few tips to consider that may protect you from funeral and cemetery fraud:

  • Shop around before you make a purchase. Funeral homes are required to provide a detailed list of general costs over the phone or in writing.
  • Educate yourself fully when purchasing a casket, and understand that caskets are not required for direct cremations.
  • Carefully read all contracts before signing anything.
  • Embalming rules vary from state to state, and it is not required for direct cremations.
  • Know the difference between funeral home fees and additional fees.
  • If you decide to pre-pay your funeral expenses, be sure to let your family and loved ones know your wishes.
  • Never let yourself be pressured into making quick decisions, signing contracts, or paying for something you do not fully understand.

And as part of our commitment to a lifetime of learning, we offer guest lectures to help our residents learn about resources available in our community and to answers questions and concerns they may have. For more information, give us a call at (206) 937-6122 or shoot us a note at

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