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The executor is responsible for making the funeral arrangements if the deceased has not already made those arrangements. The executor should follow any directions left by the deceased about the funeral arrangements but is not bound to do so. Things to consider include:
  • whether the body is to be buried or cremated
  • if the body is to be buried, where
  • if the body is to be cremated, whether the ashes are to be scattered or retained
  • the nature and format of the funeral service
  • who they should notify about the service.
If the executor is not an immediate family member, then the executor should consult with the family about the funeral arrangements.The reasonable cost of the funeral is an expense of the estate, but the executor should be careful not to incur expenses beyond the available funds in the estate.