A good estate plan typically includes a Health Directive where you appoint a trusted friend or family member to
not only make medical decisions for you, but to also take care of how your remains are handled at your death.
Even if you express whether or not you wish to be buried or cremated in your Health Care Directive, it is always a
good idea to prearrange and prepay your disposition. Prearrangement not only takes the financial burden off of
your family at the time of your death, but it also relieves the anxiety that your family may feel trying to plan the
type of disposition they think you would have wanted.

Keep in mind that you can prearrange your disposition without making any kind of prepayment. However, do
consider that prices increase overtime, and funeral homes may change ownership or go out of business. It is a
good idea to review your arrangements every few years and to ensure that you have a good understanding of what
the current costs are and have current contact information for the business that will handle your arrangements.
If you can afford to do so, prepayment can be an excellent option since it alleviates the burden of the cost at your


There are many options for prearrangement, and you should discuss them with a qualified professional in
the industry. Options include:

Keep in mind that even if you make prearrangements, it is important that you also appoint an agent through your
health directive to ensure that your wishes are carried out. If you have questions about appointing an agent to
manage the disposition of your remains, please contact the Law Offices of Lisa Bryant, INC. at (408) 286-2122.

If you would like more information about Funeral and Cemetery Purchases, a good place to start is the
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau under the CA Department of Consumer Affairs—www.cfb.ca.gov.

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