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Funeral Arrangements & Expenses

Funeral Arrangements

It is not uncommon for beneficiaries to have particular wishes that relate to funeral arrangements for the deceased. If you are a beneficiary of a Will it is your right to consult the Executor to find out if there are any specific funeral directions outlined the deceased's Will. If there are no directions for funeral arrangements in the Will then it is up to the Executor to inform the beneficiaries of the arrangements they will be making for the funeral. The beneficiaries do not have any rights related to these funeral arrangements; however requested changes to these arrangements can made to the Executor for their consideration. The Executor is under no obligation to fulfil these requests.

Funeral Expenses

Funeral expenses will be paid before any beneficiary receives their entitlement. None of the deceased's assets will be distributed to the beneficiaries until the Executor finalises funeral arrangements. The person responsible for ordering the funeral and managing it (typically the Executor) is liable for the funeral expenses and must pay the account, but is then entitled to receive reimbursement from the Estate ahead of the beneficiaries and creditors.

Adrian Corbould

Adrian Corbould is a Law Society Accredited Specialist in Wills & Estates Law. For more than 15 years he has helped hundreds of clients in contested estate matters. His tenacity and experience make him one of the most sought after Will Contest Lawyers in New South Wales (NSW).

Adrian is an Accredited Specialist within the Contested Wills & Estates Team. In certain circumstances, the team operates on a 'No Win, No Fee' basis. If you'd like to discuss your circumstances with a member of the team, call us and ask for a Free Appraisal.


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