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Resource ID: #28777
Subject: Funeral Home Scandal
Source: Anne Ryman
Affiliation: Arizona Republic
Date: June 21, 2019; August 21, 2019; September 12, 2019



The Arizona Republic in June published a detailed story on the unusual practice of a funeral director taking over people’s estates. Through the court, he would get himself appointed executor when someone died and a relative couldn’t immediately be found. Then his funeral home would start excessive fees to the estates.

One gentleman’s estate was billed more than $30,000 in funeral and burial expenses, when the median cost of such services nationally is $7,360.

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