Your estate plan can prepare your family for many things after your death. While you may think the main focus is on distributing your assets, you should not forget a vital detail. You can leave documentation in your estate plan on what you would like to happen with your remains after you die. You can detail exactly what you want, from a funeral and burial to a cremation with no services and anything in between.
Florida recognizes a personal preference law, which, according to the Funeral Consumers Alliance, means that the court will honor your final wishes regarding the handling of your remains after your death. This prevents someone else, such as a child or spouse, from trying to change what you truly want.
You can add your wishes to your will if you would like a special section or clause. You may also make them known through an advanced directive form. Make sure to outline in detail what you desire. You can also set aside funds to pay for your funeral, burial, cremation and whatever you want. This will help leave no doubt about your wishes and make it easier for your executor or personal representative to carry them out.
The personal preference law does have an exception. Shifting circumstances may make your wishes impractical, too expensive or otherwise impossible to carry out legally. Whoever manages your estate has the right to alter your wishes if this is the case to avoid financial issues or breaking the law.
Nobody really enjoys putting together their own funeral arrangements, but it is helpful to your loved ones when you do. It can also prevent arguing or issues among family members who do not agree on your final arrangements. When you put it in your estate plan, you get protection from the law that offers assurance that your last wishes will go smoothly.