Undertaking LA does not offer pre-paid funeral plans.
Here is why, from our friends at the Funeral Consumers Alliance:
"The truth is that it is usually not wise to pay ahead. No matter how attractive the business makes it sound, there are serious drawbacks to pre-paying that the seller will not tell you about. The children and survivors of those who have prepaid often misunderstand the contracts, are unaware of them, or find themselves surprised that there are additional fees to be paid. In addition, many states have inadequate laws protecting funds in pre-need plans, and money invested there could be at risk.
While we do not, and legally, cannot accept any money in advance of the death, we can offer prearrangement. We suggest putting the neccessary money in an account in the name of the executor of your will. or a trusted friend when the time approaches. It is important to note that once the bank has been notified of your death they will freeze your bank for 40 days so please keep that in mind.
If you decide to use Undertaking LA for your funeral arrangements, it is possible to arrange many of the logistical and plannings aspect in advance. This includes state-required paperwork, death certificate preparation, and funeral/disposition planning.
Some families find that taking care of these things in advance makes them feel less overwhelmed when the death occurs.
If this is something you are interested in you can download our PreRegistration Packet. We recommend that you fill this out with our Director so that we can guide you through the process and also send you an electronic version to sign which will eliminate the need for you to print, scan, or fax the papers back to us.
We also created a questionnaire for you to download and print out that asks you about your past funeral experiences and what you may want for your own. You can download it here.