Funeral Rule Law and Legal Definition
Funeral rule was enacted in 1984 under the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Funeral rule ensures protection to those consumers who require adequate information concerning the goods and services they may purchase from a funeral provider. Funeral providers are obliged to comply with the Funeral Rule. They also lay down various consumer rights. Funeral Rule states that funeral industry goods and service providers must respect consumer rights.
The Funeral Rule states that funeral service includes viewing or visitation of a deceased, held in a funeral home, a formal funeral service, transportation of the deceased to the cemetery, the burial, entombment or cremation.
The Funeral Rule prohibits certain acts such as :
1. The Funeral Rule prohibits funeral homes from telling consumers that state or local law requires the purchase of a casket for direct cremation, or for any other reason.
2.The Funeral Rule prohibits funeral homes from telling consumers that state or local law requires them to buy an outer burial container, if that is not true.
3. The Funeral Rule states that funeral homes cannot tell consumers that any federal, state, or local law or a particular cemetery or crematory requires them to buy a particular good or service, if that is not true.