Pre-Planning Final Wishes

Pre-Plan Final WishesPeople routinely plan the most important events in their lives – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, golf tournaments and vacations. However, most fail to plan for an occasion that each and every one of us will one day face – our own demise! Admittedly, it may be more fun to reserve flights and book hotel rooms than to sit down with a pre-planning specialist to discuss cremation and headstones. But most people feel more comfortable after making end-of-life plans. Doing so will unburden your family (when the time comes) as well as free you up to enjoy the life you are living while you’re still around.

To help demystify the process, we sat down with Foothill Funeral & Cremation’s Pre-Need Specialist, Andrea Batista. Continue reading Pre-Planning Final Wishes

All About Death Certificates

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When someone you love dies, you will have a long “to do” list. As your local funeral director, we would love to be the one you call so we can help you handle the details. But if you decide to forge out on your own, here are some tips for taking care of one of the more daunting procedures – securing a death certificate. In California, where Foothill Funeral & Cremation is located, all deaths must be registered with local or state vital records offices within a matter of days. The vital records office can then issue copies of the death certificate, which you may want or your personal records or to handle a deceased person’s affairs. Continue reading All About Death Certificates

5 Things to Include in an Estate Plan

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When you contemplate death, as most people sometimes do, do you think about what you will leave behind? Estate planning is important for people of all ages, backgrounds and financial situations. Although you may be tempted to avoid estate planning because you don’t want to “tempt fate” by giving that much consideration to end-of-life matters, don’t superstitiously leave your loved ones without direction or resources.

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Your estate consists of the property you own (individually and jointly), bank accounts, real estate, jewelry, etc., as well as any associated debt. Without an estate plan, your loved ones will struggle to carry out your last wishes. Failure to plan can, in fact, result in a long, drawn out probate, which could be very expensive and stressful for your family. If, on the other hand, you take steps to put an estate plan in place, you will enjoy peace of mind that your family is provided for after you pass.

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  • This provides for an executor of your estate, who will manage the estate, pay debts and distributing property as specified.
  • You can outline the distribution of assets in the will.
  • The plan can be as broad or detailed as you wish.
  • Beneficiaries and guardians for minor children should be assigned.
  • You can spell out how you want your funeral/memorial/burial or cremation to be carried out.

Living WillFuneral Estate Planning

  • Outlines wishes for end-of-life medical care.
  • It can include as much detail as you wish, such as which medical treatments you would like to have in place or other specifics such as a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) advanced directive.
  • A living will could reduce your family’s stress about decisions and gives them peace of mind during what can be a difficult and emotional season.

Estate Planning FuneralHealthcare Power of Attorney (POA)

  • A healthcare POA is a key part of any estate plan.
  • This legal document appoints someone to legally make healthcare decisions for a senior adult.
  • A durable POA will remain in effect for someone who loses the ability to rationally make decisions.

Financial Power of Attorney (POA)

  • A financial POA names an agent to act in the place of the adult for financial matters.
  • The durable financial POA stays in effect if the adult becomes unable to handle his or her own affairs.
  • By naming a financial POA, you will lessen the stress and expense of a guardianship.

TrustFinancial Assets Estate Planning

  • Beneficial for the distribution of specific assets or pieces of property.
  • The benefit of a trust is that it does not go through probate court, as compared to a will.
  • Property is distributed at the death of the trust maker, but court is unnecessary.
  • This also allows for privacy of the trust maker, where with a will and a probate, the deceased person’s assets and the terms of their will is made public.
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For end-of-life planning, we recommend Estate Planning Attorney Vic Skvarna

For Estate Planning

If you have any questions about something you have read or would like additional information, please feel free to contact us. We recommend Vic Skvarna of Skvarna Law Firm, for estates, wills, trusts, elder care and probate matters. Call for a Consultation (909) 608-7671.


In addition to planning for your heirs, we recommend planning your end-of-life wishes. We make doing so easy, since we offer pre-planning services. Planning for your final arrangements will give you with time to make end-of-life decisions in a calm and rational atmosphere. Doing so will also reduce the strain on your family and friends, who would likely struggle to make decisions during an otherwise stressful time. Start the online planning process now, or meet with one of our pre-planning advisors. It just makes sense.

About Foothill Funeral & CremationFuneral Estate Planning

We know that losing someone is no laughing matter. We hope you will let us help you process the loss and take care of the details so you can move forward with your life. Give us a call (626) 335-0615 or drop by our Glendora showroom. In Covina, our relationship with Sacred Heart Chapel is the perfect place for mourners to host funerals and memorial services in a grandiose yet intimate setting. We proudly serve the San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Basin, Orange County and the Inland Empire. Working in the mortuary industry since 1996, we have worked hard to build a reputation of quality, sincerity and trust. Please allow us to help you at your time of need or in the future. Call today (626) 335-0615 or drop by our showroom.