California Burial Estimate

Burial Cost Estimate

Burial:

Good $5,500

Better $7,000

Best $9,500

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 $1,000

Better $3,000

Best $6,000

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

Download the Advance Directive form for California.

Order Death Certificates

Death Certificate instructions for California.

Digital Estate Planning Laws

Law: AB-691 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Description: This law authorizes a decedent’s personal representative or trustee to access and manage digital assets and electronic communications.
Status: This was approved by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State on September 24, 2016.

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

  • Assmebly Bill ABx2 15 titled “End of Life Option Act” was signed into law on October 5, 2015. The Bill authorizes “an adult who meets certain qualifications, and who has been determined by his or her attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease, as defined, to make a request for a drug prescribed pursuant to these provisions for the purpose of ending his or her life.” [Text of full Bill]

Organ Donation Registries

California Organ Donation registry official link.

POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form

Download the POLST form for California residents.

Probate Laws

• California Probate Code

Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate

  • California has no estate tax or inheritance tax