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Paul Lane Funeral Home, Inc. in Jamaica, NY- Pre-Planned Funeral Options - Paul Lane Funeral Home, Inc.

Paul Lane Funeral Home, Inc. in Jamaica, NY- Pre-Planned Funeral Options



The best time to begin making your pre-arrangements is now, while you're thinking about it. While some people in their 40's and 50's may think it's too early to preplan, people who do say that prearranging their funerals is smart financial planning and gives them added peace of mind knowing they aren't leaving this burden to family members. By taking time now to collect price information and calmly making choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you will be protecting your family from the stress of having to make these decisions at a time of extreme emotional duress. This way, you can carefully choose specific items you want and need and pay for them now. Prepaid funeral arrangements through our funeral home allows families to fund their funerals in advance and give themselves the gift of peace that comes with knowing that when they pass, their family will not be unduly burdened.  Leaving written instructions can serve to alleviate a source of conflict between family members at an already emotional time.



Today, more individuals and families are making the decision to pre-arrange their funerals than ever before. Because of factors such as inflation, fewer extended family members living close by, and other changes in our society, planning your own funeral makes a lot of sense. In a recent survey, these were the most common reasons people gave for pre-arranging their own funerals:

  • Lets your wishes be known.
  • Reduces stress for friends and family at an already emotional time.
  • Saves money.
  • Guarantees your family will never have to pay more for your funeral - regardless of inflation.
  • Shows you care.
  • Relieves your loved ones of the financial responsibility.


For more information:

Read PrePlanning/Prefunding a Funeral at the New York State Funeral Directors Association website. 

Read Before Prepaying Your Funeral Know Your Rights distributed by the NY State Dept. of Health, Bureau of Funeral Directing for more information.


New York State now has a law that establishes the hierarchy of who can control the disposition of human remains.  The order of priority set forth in Subdivision 2 of Section 4201 of the NYS Public Health Law is the following:

Person designated in written instrument;
Domestic Partner;
Any Child 18 or Older;
Either Parent;
Any Brother or Sister 18 or Older;
Authorized Guardian;
Person 18 or Older now Eligible to Receive an Estate Distribution, in the following order:

*Nieces and Nephews;
*Grand-nieces and Grand-nephews;
*Aunts and Uncles;
*First Cousins;
*Great-Grandchildren of Grandparents;

*Second Cousins;


Close friend or other relative who is reasonably familiar with the decedent's wishes, including his or her religious or moral beliefs, when no one higher on the list is available, willing, or competent to act; (NOTE: This person must complete an "At-Need Written Statement of Person Having the Right to Control Disposition" form.)

Public administrator (or the same official in a county not having a public administrator); or, anyone willing to act on behalf of the decedent who completes the "At-Need Written Statement" form.





Effective August 2, 2006



You may now appoint a “Final Disposition Agent” in New York State

This new law allows a person to appoint someone they trust, such as a family member, close friend, live-in companion or domestic partner to act as their agent and legal representative to control their funeral arrangements and disposition of their remains following death.  The agent would have the legal authority and responsibility to ensure that the decedent's wishes concerning final disposition are carried out as intended.  Funeral directors, cemeteries, crematories and other providers involved in the process of final disposition must follow the decedent's directions, as well as any decision made by the agent if there are no specific written instructions.




By appointing an agent, an individual is making sure that his or her wishes are honored by significantly reducing any chance that family members or others who disagree with these plans can alter them.  The agent may be given as much or as little authority as the person wants.  In addition, a person may also give the agent specific instructions concerning details of the funeral and/or burial.


Click here to download a PDF version of the Control of Disposition Agent Form.

Download our Guide to PrePlanning and PreArrangements in PDF Format.