No, you do not want your arrangements in your estate documents. The funeral arrangements are made before the legal matters of the deceased Will.
Instead of leaving your funeral arrangements in your Will, communicate with your loved ones about what you want.in your Will, communicate with your loved ones about what you want. I also recommended making a separate document that spells out your wishes for the funeral and giving this document to the executor or executrix of your estate.
The items you DO want to include in your Estate Planning documents are:
- Choosing a Personal Representative
- Beneficiary designations
- Power of Attorney (link to old blog)
- Digital Asset Trust
- List of Important Documents
In addition, for the Will to be valid in Florida it must have the following:
- It must be in writing.
- It must be signed by the testator (person making the will).
- The testator signature must be at the end of the will.
- The testator must sign the will in the presence of two witnesses.
- The two witnesses must sign the will in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.
Heidi S. Webb, Attorney at Law, serves clients in Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange, Melbourne, and beyond with matters of Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate Law.