How to Avoid Fights Over Final Arrangements

Feb 5, 2018 lifefocusplanning-admin

A recent article published on[1] focuses on the importance of making final arrangements prior to death. The article highlights famous cases of Anna Nicole Smith, Ted Williams, and Mickey Rooney. In each, the families fought over the deceased burial wishes.

In Michigan, a recently updated law (MCL 700.1104 et al.) allows a person to designate a funeral representative who would have the right and power to make decisions about funeral arrangements and the handling, disposition, or disinterment of the person’s body after death. This would include decisions about cremation, and the right to possess cremated remains of the decedent.

As part of my practice, we always ask clients:

  • Who they want to oversee their final disposition,
  • Whether they prefer burial or cremation, and
  • Where they wish to be buried or interred.

Part of our complete plan, allows our client to leave *written* instructions on these questions and more, such as providing direction on their funeral and memorial services and other final wishes.

While your life may not be as public as the famous people above, your family does not have to experience a similar fight over what your wishes are.

If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at (248) 409-0256 or

Recent Articles

Laura Fuhrman
As caregivers, we are entrusted not only with the physical and emotional well-being of our loved ones but also with preserving their legacies and honoring their wishes for the future. Legacy planning goes beyond financial considerations; it encompasses the preservation of memories, values, and family history for generations to come. In this blog, we delve […]
The Last Piece of the Puzzle: Why Final Arrangements are Essential in Estate Planning
In life it’s easy to get caught up in the here and now, planning for immediate needs and goals. However, among all the financial strategies and legal documents, there’s one crucial aspect often overlooked: final arrangements. While it may seem uncomfortable or morbid to contemplate, including final arrangements as part of a comprehensive estate plan […]
Protecting Your Loved Ones: Tips to Avoid Elder Abuse Scams
As we age, protecting ourselves and our loved ones from various threats becomes increasingly important. One such threat that has been on the rise in recent years is elder abuse scams. These scams can come in many forms, ranging from financial exploitation to emotional manipulation. As a responsible member of the family or caretaker, it’s […]
Protecting Your Assets: A Guide to Asset Preservation in Estate Planning
When it comes to estate planning, ensuring the protection and preservation of your assets is paramount. Whether you’ve spent a lifetime accumulating wealth or you’re just beginning to build your estate, safeguarding what you’ve worked hard for is crucial for the well-being of yourself and your loved ones. In this blog, we’ll consider the importance […]
Call Now Button