Allowable Cost For Funeral Raised to $10,000

Effective October 1, 2012, the amount that can be spent on funeral expenses, without a court order allowing more, will be $10,000.  The allowable amount prior to this date was $5,000.  Funeral expenses are defined as costs of funeral, burial, cremation, a disposition of the decedent’s remains, a memorial, a memorial service,  food and beverages related to bringing together the decedent’s family and friends for a wake or prefuneral or postfuneral gathering meal or any other reasonable expenditures authorized by the decendent’s will. 

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