Tip 1: Make your wishes clear. Many of us have very specific desires about our funerals and how our remains are to be handled after we die. However, often we never get around to talking about it, and may even avoid thinking about such difficult topics. Ignoring the situation will only make it harder for your family to handle the funeral arrangements, and will do so at a time when they are emotionally compromised. Take the time to sit down and talk about your wishes with your family as soon as possible so you don’t have to worry about conflicts or confusion arising after you die.
Tip 2: Give someone the power to dispose of your remains. New York State allows you to designate someone who has the authority to handle your remains after you die. You can obtain an “Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains” through the New York State Department of Health, or you can have your attorney draft a document that complies with state law and contains your wishes in detail.
Tip 3: Make plans. As you work with your estate planning attorney to protect your property and pass it on after you die, you can also take steps to make your funeral arrangements now. You can talk to a local funeral director to develop your funeral instructions and ensure your wishes are carried out as you desire.