Last week when I was speaking the question of whether you can transfer your prepaid funeral plans came up from two different groups. The answer is yes, you absolutely can transfer your prepaid funeral plan from one funeral home to another.
In a previous blog I wrote about Eligible Funeral Arrangements (EFA). The rules of an EFA mandate that the money set aside in a prepaid funeral plan is always the purchaser’s money. As such the assigned funeral home does not have access to these funds until the funeral is actually provided. The purchaser’s money is held by a third party that must insure these funds to $100,000.00. Further, these funds must earn tax exempt interest, which is paid into the prepaid funeral certificate. As your money is held in an escrow account, it is very easy to transfer the funds.
Assignment of Benefits Form must be completed
To transfer the prepaid funeral funds there is an Assignment of Benefits form that has to be filled out and signed by the purchaser. With this one form the funds are reassigned to the new funeral home. The process generally takes about 4 weeks.
Is there a fee to do this?
The Funeral, Burial and Cremation Services Act sates that an administration fee may be charged to do this. The fee is 10% of the value of the prepaid funeral plan to a maximum of $350.00. Since 1998, for the people that I have assisted to transfer their prepaid funeral plan I have never charged this fee.
Why do people transfer their prepaid funeral plan?
As we live in an increasingly mobile society, people transfer their prepaid funeral plans for many reasons. More often it is because one spouse has died and the surviving spouse is downsizing, moving closer to family, or relocating to a retirement community.
Whatever the reasons are to transfer the prepaid funeral funds, people are relieved to know that this money is always their money and the choice of funeral home is entirely within their discretion.
If you would like to know more about the process and the many different options for choosing the right plan for you, I invite you to connect with me.
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Katherine Downey is the #1 Funeral Preplanning Professional in Canada for the fourth time. She is a professional educator, author, licensed funeral director and insurance advisor. To set an appointment or have your questions answered, please contact Kat directly
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