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Can a Funeral Home Demand Payment for Services if the Remains are Transfered to Another Funeral Home?


If remains are transfered to another funeral home, can the orginal funeral home demand payment for services rendered before releasing the remains. This is in South Carolina, and what is the statute of law pertaing to this question?

Generally speaking, there aren't many statutes that deal with payment policies for small business such as funeral home, except for those that deal with finance charges, late fees, etc. Ask the funeral director for a written copy of the firm's payment policy. Most firms should have one. The policy should address such things as payment terms, payment plans, length of payment period, finance charges, etc. Check to see if it requires payment in full at the time services are rendered. If it does not, find out why he is creating special circumstances and insist that he stick with the firms written payment policy.

Many times when a body is transferred, the receiving funeral home will take care of the charges incurred by the original funeral home. This makes it convenient for you because you can pay all the expenses to one firm with one check. You might check to see if this would be an option for you.

If all else fails, do whatever it takes to pay the expenses (so as not to unnecessarily delay the funeral) and file a complaint with your state agency that regulates funeral homes. They are always willing to assist consumers with any type of problem.

-- Kevin Stockham

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