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Funeral home requires payment now before estate is settled. A family member is willing to pay now but would like to be reimbursed once the estate is settled. What type of paper trail would be required for reimbursement? Is an electronic transfer the way to go or credit card? Any insight is appreciated?

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The funeral home would issue a bill, itemized as you or the personal rep (f/k/a executor or executrix) that would be proof for the individual. A copy can be made for documentation purposes so the individual and estate both have copies.

If there's no estate checking account set up yet, the temporary donor could pay by charge or check; the funeral home documentation, with acknowledgment of payment, should be adequate to be reimbursed from the estate.
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You will need to check that this is true in your jurisdiction, but as I understand it funeral expenses can be paid from an estate's funds prior to probate or settlement. Who is the estate's executor?
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