And, in a small town, you find out the answers to all questions, eventually. That's worth something.
Martini, up front may be the case in LA, but I too have been involved in family funerals in the past few months and they weren't pay-in-full up-front deals. That may have been because we're friends with the funeral home owners or because in one specific case, the relative was a pretty well-known politician and community figure.
A buddy of mine in Mobile's dad died a few years ago (guy was an alcoholic and while the family was in Tuscaloosa for a football game, he checked himself into the Mobile Infirmary and died within hours). My buddy was 27, single, and had no money of his own. They billed the estate and allowed him to wait on life insurance to pay the cost. I know for a fact he (my friend) didn't have good credit, either.
Of course, if you're in LA, the Napoleonic Code might have a lot to do with the differences. I know, for example, that they have to to have a court order to repossess a vehicle for default, right? In every other state, all they have to do is file a notice at the courthouse showing that you defaulted on the loan and they can grab the car anytime they want. That's what made me wonder if maybe under NapCode they can't go after the estate for reimbursement or something. Just thinking
This post was edited on 12/3 at 3:57 pm