Cost & Payment
How much does a funeral cost?
This will depend on your choice of casket and items such as flowers, newspaper notices, cemetery or cremation fees, and catering. H Morris will also charge for its services – for making all the arrangements, use of hearses and other cars, and other professional services provided.
If you have any financial worries, please let us know as soon as possible. There are agencies we can refer you to, such as Work and Income, where a means-tested funeral grant may be available depending on the assets of the deceased person. If death was caused by an accident, ACC may be able to help.
Other entitlements are available for ex-service personnel and their families; it is beneficial to talk with us so we can accommodate your needs and wishes.
How can I pay if the estate is still tied up?
When a death occurs, bank accounts in the name of the deceased are frozen and, in some cases, cannot be accessed until after Probate is granted. To ensure ongoing access by a partner, it is better for the bank accounts to be in joint names. When settlement of an estate is delayed by lack of Probate, families should pay the funeral account by the due date and recover the funds from the estate when it is settled.
H Morris Funeral Services will send the account directly to the family and, if required, will send a copy to the solicitor. The person making the arrangements with the funeral director remains responsible for paying the account.
We will always sit down and discuss the Estimate of Financial Details. This includes receiving instructions concerning funeral arrangements, personal care and attention of deceased, embalming/mortuary care, obtaining the death certificate from the Doctor, preparing necessary documentation, attending to registration of death, provision of funeral home facilities and services, further transfers, after hours fees, paying disbursements and conducting other services in accordance with instructions.
The account will be dated the day of the funeral and will be posted within approximately seven (7) days after the funeral. An Administration Fee is charged on all accounts, but if the account is paid within 21 days from the invoice date this will be deducted.
Unless specific arrangements have been made, the due date for full payment is 28 days from invoice date. If the invoice has not paid after 28 days this account becomes overdue and there will be penalties charged for late payment.
H Morris Funeral Services are proud to be able to accommodate most budgets. There are Funeral Grants available through WINZ and ACC, and we are comfortable discussing the options that may be available to you.
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