Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

State Chapters

Updated Laws, Regulations, Services,
and Concerns for Each State

Final Rights summarizes the information you need to know in each state in order to care for your own dead or to protect your rights as a consumer in dealings with the funeral industry. Individual state chapters—including a free bonus chapter, “Necessary Information,”—are available for download now at the Funeral Consumers Alliance bookstore.

6 Responses to “State Chapters”

  1. Lexi Hall says:

    Requesting the information for Missouri. Thank you.

  2. Natalie says:

    Would it be wise to set-up a pre-paid bank account for a funeral from my Aunt? I affraid of the possibility of the funeral home going out of business. Thanks

  3. Josh Slocum says:

    Hi Natalie,

    I assume you mean just a deposit/savings account that can be used later for the funeral? If so, yes. We recommend against prepaying a funeral home unless you absolutely have to in order to qualify for Medicaid. Prepaid funerals can go very wrong.

    Talk to your bank about setting up a Payable-on-Death account with someone named as the beneficiary. Once the death certificate is supplied the money’s immediately available. You can cash it out any time, too, since it’s an account in your name.

  4. Nancy Aureli says:

    I was just wondering what has been going on since April 2012? I am reading the book. Thank you! It is full of great information.
    – Nancy

  5. kathleen Gandy says:

    Requesting for the state of North Carolina

  6. Lesley says:

    Any info on Maryland and/or Virginia? I need both, if you can share any. Thank you.

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