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Death Care Services

Funeral homes and cemeteries offer services to grieving families at their time of need, while helping families plan for future needs. McNeely Stephenson takes the same approach to our death care industry clients. Our attorneys, knowledgeable about the death care industry and the relevant state and federal regulations, can respond quickly to help our clients if an unexpected legal problem arises. We also offer a variety of legal services to help funeral homes and cemeteries understand their legal obligations and minimize the risk of legal problems in the future, including reviewing forms and processes for compliance with state law and the FTC Funeral Rule.

Our attorneys can also assist with the many different issues that arise for owners of small to mid-size businesses. Our experience includes advising clients on a variety of legal issues including setting up a new business, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, labor and employment, planning for intergenerational business transfers, and real estate.

Our death care services attorneys have advised clients on matters related to disinterment petitions, determining who has the right to control human remains, negligent embalming claims, locating cemeteries and funeral homes, and trusting requirements for pre-need funds. Our death care services attorneys regularly speak at state and national conferences sponsored by such groups as ICCFA, CANA, The New York State Association of Cemeteries, and the North American Death Care Regulators Association and have written numerous books and articles on topics related to funeral homes, cemeteries, and the law of dead bodies.

Contact us to learn more about the specialized services that we offer to funeral homes and cemeteries.