Becoming a Designee for Final Disposition

If you are the primary caretaker for a loved one, we strongly advise that you sign a Declaration of Designee for Final Disposition. It’s important to know that the authority of power of attorney ends when your loved one passes away. This can affect whether you will be able to decide to carry out the funeral plans or not depending on your relation to the loved one you are caretaking. We at Iowa Funeral Planning would like to take this time to address this situation and help inform you on what this means and what you can do about it.

New Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care Law

As stated before, many people are unaware of the fact that their designation as power of attorney ends upon the death of the individual. As of July 1st, 2017 the State of Iowa enacted a law that allows someone to be the designee for final disposition without having to be the acting Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. However, you must have the proper paperwork filled out for this to be carried out. We’ll explain how the paperwork affects your status to plan the funeral depending on your relationship to the individual in the following paragraph.

How to become the Designee for Final Disposition

If you will be filing to become the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Case with your lawyer in the near future, ask them to give you a Declaration of Designee for Final Disposition along with it. If you are already assigned as the Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care but are not an immediate family member, it is important that you request for a Declaration of Designee for Final Disposition. If you are not a child, sibling, or next of kin of the deceased individual, you are not allowed to sign off on the cremation or funeral plans without having the Declaration of Designee for Final Disposition.

Iowa Funeral Planning Services

It’s worth noting that we at Iowa Funeral Planning are NOT ABLE to file a Declaration of Designee for Final Disposition for you. We will answer questions about this topic to the best of our ability, but we are not a practicing law firm. However, we are able to answer any questions you may have about cremation services, affordable burial services, and any other consultation needs you might have. Iowa Funeral Planning has locations across the Greater Des Moines area, Cedar Valley area, and Tama County. Contact us today!

24 Hour Immediate Service

Our main goal at Iowa Funeral Planning is to provide our customers with assistance and options when it comes to planning a funeral. We know how overwhelming this process can be, and we are here to help get you through it. Our counselors are trained, compassionate professionals and will work with you, your wishes and your budget to plan funeral services to best fit your situation. All of our initial consultations are free of charge and completely confidential. There is no obligation to purchase anything when you use this site or contact us with questions. In the case of imminent death of a loved one, Iowa Funeral Planning offers 24 hour immediate assistance to help you make decisions regarding funeral arrangements as easy as possible. Call us today at 888.682.7002 for a free and confidential consultation with no obligation.

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