Funerals

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Len Russell Funerals is a local Ipswich Family Owned firm that is 100% Australian Owned, our Office, Chapel and Mortuary are situated at our premises in West Ipswich.

Funerals are personal, each person is different and therefore so can their funeral. Len Russell Funerals is here to help you in your time of need.

How much does a funeral cost?

To determine how much a funeral would actually cost we would need to talk to you or meet with you and find out your exact wishes. The final cost can vary greatly depending on your preferences or those of your loved one. Here at Len Russell Funerals we don’t have package A, B, C, or etc to choose, we have an individual price structure that allows you choose a funeral service that is both fitting to your loved one and your budget.

The main costs which make up the funeral invoice include:

  • Funeral Directors Service Fee. This is the fee we charge for all our time taken to meet with you, arrange the service, supply our vehicles, the provision of our facilities, liaise with clergy/celebrants, lodge funeral notices, registration of the death, preparation of all the necessary documentation.
  • Coffin/Casket. Costs for coffins and or caskets will vary significantly depending on their construction, i.e., solid wood or veneered custom wood (MDF Board).
  • Cemetery / Cremation Fees
  • Clergy / Celebrants Fees
  • Other Church Fees such as Organist, Soloist, Church Hire Fees and the like
  • Certified Copy of Death
  • Floral Tributes
  • Newspaper Announcements
  • Memorial / Attendance Book

The person responsible for the funeral account is the one who signs the authorisation for the funeral to be conducted. The account will be issued in the week following the funeral or may be sent direct to a solicitor who is handling the estate. Please remember that to spend so much that it would mean future denial for those left behind would be misguided. A large proportion of the account you receive are expenses that the funeral director has to pay prior to the funeral.

While we endeavour to provide you with a reasonably accurate idea of cost, there are some items such as funeral notices, which can vary from that which was originally estimated.

Family information required

For every funeral service that Len Russell Funerals conducts, the death must be registered with the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages in the State which the death occurred in. To register the death Len Russell Funerals will need some family information.

To download a form with the information that we would need click here.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us for guidance, help or any information that you think we may able to help you with.

Funerals are personal, each person is different and therefore so can their funeral. Len Russell Funerals is a local Ipswich Family Owned
firm that is 100% Australian Owned, our Office, Chapel and Mortuary are situated at our premises in West Ipswich.

What to Do Following the Funeral – The Role of The Executor

As every individual is different, so are each person’s assets and liabilities. It is therefore impossible to list all of the tasks you may be asked to perform. However, once you have taken care of the immediate responsibilities, the following duties may be common to the estate administration.

An executor(s) of a Will/Estate is responsible for:

  • Ascertaining whether a valid Will was made or if the deceased died Intestate.
  • Determine whether provision was made in the Will regarding the funeral/burial/cremation.
  • Determine the beneficiaries of the estate and their relevant entitlement.
  • Ascertain the assets and liabilities of the estate. (Determine assets in Queensland or elsewhere)
  • Determine whether those assets/liabilities can be collected by Forms and Indemnities or whether a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration is required to be obtained.
  • (N.B. – Queensland law does not automatically require a Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration to be obtained for all estates. However, all other Australian States have regulations binding property and assets under their jurisdiction so although you might not require a Grant of Probate in Queensland you may require it to apply for a Reseal of Grant of Probate/Letters of Administration in another state.)
  • Gathering and taking control of the estate property. (Executors are bound to maintain assets in the same condition as at the date of death and to ensure all insurances are maintained.)
  • Transmit the estate assets.
  • Lodge tax return and finalise tax affairs.
  • Advertising for claimants to lodge their claims for debts owing and paying debts.
  • Finalise financial/business affairs.
  • Distribution or transfer of estate property to beneficiaries.
  • Prepare accounts and finalise estate.

It is important to note that the onus of responsibility lies with the executor of the estate to administer it correctly. If an estate has not been administered correctly or a claim is overlooked, then the executor will be personally liable for any claim made against the estate if all funds have been exhausted or distributed.

Many people will engage the services of solicitor to undertake the duties mentioned above and others may elect to undertake the duties themselves.