Delaware Burial Estimate

Burial Cost Estimate

Burial:

Good $6,000

Better $7,500

Best $10,000

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 $1,250

Better $3,250

Best $6,500

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

Download the Advance Directive form for Delaware.

Order Death Certificates

Death Certificate instructions for Delaware.

Digital Estate Planning Laws

Law: Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets and Digital Accounts Act – House Bill # 345 w/HA 1 + SA 1
Description: Upon written request, “fiduciaries” (i.e. Power of Attorney, Executor, Trustee, otherwise authorized individual) are granted access and control of the digital assets and digital accounts of an incapacitated or deceased person. This includes every digital asset currently in existence (email, social media accounts, online shopping, photos, videos, etc…) and ones that have yet to be invented. Once the digital service provider (“custodian”) receives a written request along with certified proof (letter of testamentary or administration, court order, Power of Attorney form, Trust instrument) they must provide access to transfer, copy, or destroy the account.
Status: Passed June 30, 2014; Effective January 1, 2015
(Click here for the full text of the Bill)

 

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

  • Delaware has no legislation

 

Organ Donation Registries

Delaware Organ Donation registry official link.

DMOST (Delaware Medical Orders for Scope of Treatment) Form

Download the DMOST form for Delaware residents. [Source]

 

Probate Laws

Title 12: Decedents’ Estates and Fiduciary Relations

 

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate

  • Delaware has a 0.8%-16% estate tax rate (exemption threshold: $5.45 million)