Health Care Directive
This designates someone to be in charge of all health care decisions and then funeral/cremation arrangements.
Durable Power of Attorney
This designates someone to be in charge of all affairs other than health care (expires at death)
Affidavit for Collection
If there is no real estate, and the estate value is under $75,000, the next of kin (or beneficiary in the will and last testament) can usually just use this form with a death certificate to claim the assets after 30 days from the date of death.
“The Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive forms are simplified/broad versions, and may not be suitable in all situations. Consult your attorney for legal advice”
Wills and last testaments can be in you own words (must be signed and have 2 witnesses) or use a template such as this (link), and/or consult legal counsel.
The main reasons for needing to go through probate is if the estate includes real estate or if the value of the estate is over $75,000. MNcourts.gov has good information regarding this process. Legal council is advisable for this process.
“The previous forms and information are in accordance with MN law and may not be suitable in other states”
When a veteran (or the spouse when they are being buried at a national cemetery) passes away, it is helpful to have the military discharge papers – the DD214. Crescent Tide will assist (at no additional cost) with establishing eligibility and scheduling for national cemetery burial, and obtaining the veterans burial flag. There is no cost for National Cemetery Burial, and there may be some reimbursement for funeral/cremation expenses after submitting the death benefits application. That reimbursement generally takes a few months for the VA to process the application and the benefits are then paid directly to the family.
Crescent Tide’s Payment Policies
We request payment in full by when cremated remains are received by the family.
Burial/Funeral followed by Cremation
We request payment in full before the date of the funeral or burial.
We accept insurance assignments as payment with verbal confirmation from the insurance company that they will honor the insurance assignment. This is a one page form that the beneficiary(s) sign, directing the insurance company to pay our costs, and any remaining funds are paid to the beneficiary.
We do work with county assistance for cremation services. We do not work with county assistance for casket burials because the costs generally do not fit within the various county’s guidelines and being that there are potential delays it working with the county. We request approval from the county (and payment of any remaining balance) by when the urn is received by the family, or before the date of the funeral (if there is a furneral preceding cremation).
We order death certificates after the balance is paid in full.