New York Burial Estimate

Burial Cost Estimate

Burial:

Good $6,500

Better $8,000

Best $10,500

Casket: 20-gauge steel —
or pine.
18-gauge steel —
or oak.
16-gauge steel, stainless steel or copper — or oak, cherry, maple or walnut.
Outer Container: Grave liner —
concrete box with drain holes (no sealing features).
Burial vault — concrete top seal with plastic liner or 18-gauge steel air seal. Burial vault —
concrete top seal with stainless steel liner or 7-gauge steel air seal.
Transportation: Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach,
clergy coach and flower car.
Casket coach, clergy coach, limousine and flower car.
Flowers: Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray and
lid piece.
Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.

Each option above also includes:

  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Basic services of funeral director and staff; including embalming and sanitation of the deceased; cosmetology and casketing the deceased.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Printing package, including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Outer burial container, tent and cemetery equipment set-up charge.
  • Church or clergy stipend.
  • Cemetery opening and closing charge.

Cremation Cost Estimate

Cremation:

Good $1,500

Better $3,500

Best $7,000

Direct cremation; no memorial visitation or services beforehand. Direct cremation, but with memorial visitation and funeral services without the body present. Cremation after memorial visitation and funeral services with body present.
Flowers: None. Floral spray. Casket spray, family piece and lid piece.

Included in the Best Option:

  • Transfer of remains to funeral home.
  • Basic services of funeral director and staff.
  • Death certificate; obituary notices.
  • Printing package, including register book, memorial cards or prayer cards, and acknowledgment cards.
  • Use of facilities and staff for visitation at funeral home, and for funeral ceremony at funeral home or church.
  • Use of casket for memorial visitation and funeral ceremony.
  • Church or clergy stipend.
  • Cemetery opening and closing charge.

Advance Directive Form

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Order Death Certificates

Death Certificate instructions for New York State

Death Certificate instructions for New York City

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Digital Estate Planning Laws

Law: AB A9910A
Description: Provides for the administration of digital assets; authorizes a user to use an online tool to direct the custodian to disclose or not to disclose some or all of the user’s digital assets, including the content of electronic communications; provides that this article does not impair the rights of a custodian or a user under a terms-of-service agreement to access and use digital assets of the user;  provides for a procedure for disclosing digital assets.
Status: Effective September 29, 2016,

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Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)

  • The “New York End-Of-Life Options Act” (Bill S3685-2015) was introduced to the State Senate on February 13, 2015 to “to make aid in dying an open, legitimate option for terminally ill individuals in New York State.”

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Organ Donation Registries

New York Organ Donation registry official link. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Organ Donation registries.

 

MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form

Download the MOLST form for New York residents. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state POLST forms.

 

Probate Laws

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Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate

  • New York has a 3.06%-16% estate tax rate (exemption threshold: $3.125 million)