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If you are the beneficiary and you get the life insurance do you have to pay for the funeral?

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Ordinarily, these are two separate transactions. Consider the following situations:

1. If you have undertaken to make the funeral arrangements and signed a contract with the funeral home to pay for them, you have committed to pay from all available funds that you have.

2. If you are the personal representative (in some states, "executor") of the estate, and no advanced payment arrangements have been made, you are responsible for paying the funeral expenses from estate assets. Those assets can include the insurance proceeds if the insurance was payable to the decedent or to his/her estate.

3. If you are merely the life insurance beneficiary and #2 does not apply, you ordinarily have no obligation to pay the funderal bill.

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