Pre-Planning FAQs

Why Plan Ahead?

There’s a lot that goes into planning a funeral, but making those arrangements beforehand gives you time to consider all of your options and make sure that you’re covering all of the necessary details. Still feeling unsure? Here is a list of answers to questions we frequently receive regarding pre-planning.

What is pre-planning, or pre-arrangement?

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 pre-plan?

What do I need to pre-plan?

At your convenience, you can meet with a member of our staff to discuss your options and your preferences. When you make arrangements in advance, you’ll want to consider your site of choice, the committal service, and the type of permanent memorial. By making some or all of these decisions now, you give your family peace of mind, and also benefit financially.

What are the advantages of advanced planning?

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. We can provide additional professional advice on pre-planning and pre-paying.

What is the difference between pre-paying and pre-planning?

What is the difference between pre-paying and pre-planning?

When you pre-plan, 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. When your plan is complete, the funeral director will keep it on file until it is needed. However, if you pre-pay at the time you make your pre-arrangements, you can lock in today’s prices. We offer several affordable payment and investment options. We’ll be happy to discuss these options with you and help you make a decision that best suits your needs.

What are my pre planning payment options?

What are my pre planning payment options?

You can pay the entire insurance policy up front (Single Payment Option), which provides you with a paid-up policy, or, depending on certain qualifying factors, you may be able to pay for the policy over a number of years (such as three, five or ten years).

Where does the money go that I pre-pay into a plan?

Where does the money go that I pre-pay into a plan?

Typically, 100% of the money you pre-pay will be used for your interment/inurnment. Once we receive pre-plan money from you, we will deposit all of it into a Homesteaders Funeral Insurance Policy through Homesteaders Mutual Life Insurance company. Once deposited, it cannot be released to us until after the funeral you have chosen has been provided for you. Types of trusts include:

• A Revocable Trust is a trust that any amount of money may be deposited into. At anytime, you may ask for this money and the interest it has made. At the end of the year you will receive a 1099 statement on which you must pay taxes on the interest as it is considered income.
• An Irrevocable Trust is most commonly purchased by someone who eventually might need care in excess of his or her assets. Once purchased, it can be used for burial purposes only. This trust can be started for any amount. It may be added to at any time. You will receive a 1099 at the end of the year showing total interest earned.

What if the cost of pre-paid services/products are greatly increased at the time of death?

What if the cost of pre-paid services/products are greatly increased at the time of death?

Once you pre-pay for a site on our property, the terms both parties agree to are permanently in effect. For other types of services, the cemetery cannot guarantee that the fund of money established by the purchaser will be sufficient to purchase those services. However, the interest earned by a fully funded account should offset any reasonable price increase.

What information is needed for the online pre-planning form?

What information is needed for the online pre-planning form?

This easy to use form should take only a few minutes to complete and will require some detailed information. You’ll have the option to select services, based on your preferences and the associated costs. View or complete the online Personal Information Form now.

 

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