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Planning Ahead FAQs

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What is Pre-planning or Pre-arrangement?

When you plan in advance, you are making choices now based on your wishes as to how your final arrangements will be carried out. Thus, you can reduce family concerns at the time of your death.

What Do I Need to Do to Preplan?

At your convenience, you can meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and your preferences. By making some or all of these decisions now, you give your family peace of mind, and also benefit financially. You can also initiate the process by starting your arrangements online.

What Are the Advantages of Advanced Planning?

There are many advantages when you take care of your final arrangements in advance. The most obvious benefit is financial, but there are a number of emotional benefits, too. When you make arrangements in advance you have a better opportunity to make informed choices. If you decide to prepay, you guarantee today's prices, and can take advantage of affordable payment plans.

What is the Difference Between Prepaying and Preplanning?

When you preplan, you do not need to pay for everything in advance - your estate can pay for the services at the rates being charged when your funeral is held. We simply keep your plans on file at the funeral home until they are needed. However, if you prepay at the time you make your pre-arrangements, you can lock in today's prices. We offer several affordable payment options. We'll be happy to discuss these options with you and help you make a decision that best suits your needs.

I Preplanned My Funeral at Another Funeral Home; Can I Transfer My arrangements to Vay - Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home?

Yes, we honor all preplanned and prefunded arrangements made at any other funeral home. If you would like more information, please contact us anytime.


What if I Don't Have Enough to Pay For the Total Funeral?

We have several choices for payment. Many people choose to pre-pay in full; however, you can fund what you can, anytime. There is typically no formal schedule of payments which can offer you flexibility.

What if I Change My Mind On the Type of Services or Merchandise After I Prepay?

You can change the funeral home services and merchandise at any time. We know that several factors determine the types of services and merchandise you choose. Our plans can always be changed and are flexible to meet your needs.

What Happens to the Money I Prepay to the Funeral Home?

The funeral home must deposit 100% of the funds within 10 days in an interest-bearing account or a government-backed investment. Your monies are fully FDIC insured.

How Will I Know That the Money Has Been Deposited?

The funeral home will notify you where your money has been deposited within 30 days of the deposit. Also, the location and amount of interest earned will appear on the IRS form 1099-INT (or equivalent) sent to you in January of each year. The funeral home can also, at any time advise you of the total value of your account, including principal and interest.

Can I Get My Money Back if I Change My Mind?

If you established a revocable trust, you can withdraw the principal and the accrued interest at any time. However, if you established an irrevocable trust you cannot withdraw any principal or interest; it must be refunded to the county.

General Questions

What Happens if the Death Occurs Out-of-Town?

Your investment is protected if you move or your death occurs away from home. We will transfer your funds to any funeral home in the United States.

What if Your Funeral Home is No Longer in Business at the Time of My Death?

Because your money is held in a trust governed by state law, it will always be there for you. The assets of the trust can be transferred to any other funeral home in the United States.

Online Pre-planning

What is Online Pre-planning?

We have made online prearrangements available to you for your convenience. Simply complete the online preparation guide and we will keep the information on file for you. You also have the option of downloading a planning guide that you can fill out offline at your convenience.

What Information Will I Need to Provide For the Online Planning Guide?

This easy-to-use form should take only a few minutes to complete. You will provide us with vital statistical information, obituary information, funeral and cremation service options, and final disposition preferences.



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