Many people who find themselves in the position of having to arrange a funeral or cremation are unaware of the full The amount charged by a lawyer for legal work. Lawyers can only charge the amount agreed with the client in a costs agreement or the amount stated by a court in its rules. The party who loses a case usually has to pay all their own costs plus most of the costs reasonably incurred by the other side. See also indemnity costs. involved. Fewer still are aware that these costs can be reduced substantially by members of the deceased’s family or friends making arrangements themselves, rather than engaging the services of a funeral director. Hiring a funeral director or a minister is not required by law. Nor does the law require there to be a formal funeral or cremation ceremony. This chapter explains what the law does require.
Health, wills and other legal issues affecting older people
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Legal issues affecting older people