Funeral expenses and meeting the costs
Funeral costs consist mainly of two parts, The Funeral Director fees, and third part fees known as Disbursements, Disbursements are fees paid on your behalf such as church, cemetery or crematoria fees. Medical or doctors’ fees for cremation paperwork fees paid to external.
Disbursement fees are out of the control of funeral directors and some may be subject to local variation.
We will always provide a fully itemised estimate of all charges at or just after our first meeting to discuss any funeral arrangements.
We understand how daunting suddenly facing the expense of a funeral can be, especially when it was not expected. Likewise, we know how difficult it is to have to have to suddenly find the funds to pay for a funeral.
We can present our invoice directly to a bank or building society held by the person who has died to allow them to pay directly out of their estate. We can also present our invoice to the deceased solicitor enabling them to make the payment.
If you would prefer us to issue our invoice directly to you, we will do so once the funeral has taken place. In most cases, we do not require a deposit of any kind at the time of making funeral arrangements, we believe this allows you to concentrate on more important things than worrying about funeral costs.
Help with funeral costs.
Should you wish to make a claim for a contribution towards funeral costs through the DWP, we can offer advice and prepare an invoice as required for the process of application. See the link below for information.
If you would like to apply for funeral finance, please see the link below https://funeralsafe.co.uk/
There are a number of charities that may assist with funeral expenses and we will be happy to advise you on any aspect of charitable support.
Payment can be made online by BACS, cheque or credit / debit card. There is no VAT on funeral costs.
Sadly, it is a reality that funerals do cost money however unfair that might seem. we make every effort to understand the needs of each family and work with you to provide a service that we believe gives not only exceptional service but also the quality and time you deserve. We are very happy to tailor each and every funeral to your needs and budget.
You may find it easier in the early stages of bereavement to alleviate any financial worries by applying for a funeral loan. please follow the link to the Funeral Safe website for more information.
In certain circumstances, you may be able to apply for assistance via the social fund. Please follow the link to the Department of Work and Pensions. (DWP)