What is a Pre-paid Funeral Plan?

You or your loved ones may have fixed view about your funeral arrangements.  Perhaps it’s because you’d like minimal fuss and want a direct cremation.  Or maybe there are worries about how the funeral would be paid for, so you want to keep costs as low as possible.

A pre-paid funeral plan allows you to specify your funeral arrangements, your funeral provider, and to make payment for it now at todays’s costs.  The money is kept in trust until the funeral takes place, when it is released to the funeral provider to pay the associated fees.

How do I arrange a Pre-paid Funeral Plan?

The plan is tailored to your wishes.  You can determine a whole range of elements, such as the type and design of the coffin, how many funeral cars to have, whether there is a separate memorial service or a simple committal, and more.

Our role is to establish your wishes for your funeral or that of your loved one.  Then we review the range of Pre-paid Funeral Plans available, select those which best meet your needs, and go through them with you in detail.

We will talk to you about the cancellation policy; how to make changes to the plan; whether there are elements of the funeral arrangements which may not be covered; and, if so, how these could be paid for.  We want you to be confident the Plan covers all the aspects of the funeral which are important to you.

When you have chosen the final product, we will complete the application paperwork for you and arrange the purchase.  The Plan and all the associated paperwork will be sent directly to you for your records.

How do I pay for a Pre-paid Funeral Plan?

Payment can be made in full at the outset.  Many people choose to pay by monthly instalment, and we will discuss the most appropriate option with you.

Services

Wills 

  

Costs

Pre-paid Funeral Plans from £1,700

Contact us for a cost estimate tailored to your requirements.

Bicester, Buckingham & now Oxford!

Bicester Wills & Probate launched in 2010, and opened an office in Buckingham in 2018. We are delighted to now also have an office in Headington, Oxford. We look forward to servicing the Wills & Probate needs of the local community in Oxford.

Probate fees are on the increase

Currently, there is a set fee of £215 to obtain a Grant of Probate. The new fee to be charged for Probate applications will be calculated on a sliding scale, probably around 0.5% of the value of the estate. This will have a huge impact on the costs of most probate applications, so what can you do about it?

How can my wishes be known if I’m too ill to communicate?

If we become too ill to speak for ourselves, we are deemed to have ‘lost capacity’. Treatment and general care decisions will be made by our medical team and clinicians based on our best interests. Let’s look at the role of Health and Welfare LPAs.

Who’ll manage my money?

The question of who’ll keep our finances in order if we have lost our capacity to manage them is a huge one! It’s important to have someone we trust. Everyone’s heard scare stories of people targeted by unscrupulous ‘good samaritans’ who clear out their bank accounts… It doesn’t have to be that way.

Find out more by reading our Guide To Pre-paid Funeral Plans leaflet,
or get in touch to ask us your questions.