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Can a funeral home list caskets on their GPL as merchandise and when they sell one to a person buying it pre-need list it on the pre-need contract as a cash advance. Also, would the FTC allow a funeral home to sell caskets as a cash advance.

NO, a casket is NOT a cash advance item. Cash advance items are third-party items like obit and flowers or clergy honorarium.

Alas, in Florida the FD doesn't have to refund the casket money if you move which is probably why they are treating it like a cash advance item. Florida is a TERRIBLE state in which to prepay.


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Lisa Carlson


Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.


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