Aoraki Funeral Services offers a wide range of choices when it comes to the type and cost of funeral arrangements. If you have limited means, it will be helpful to discuss this with your Funeral Director at the earliest opportunity so that together you can plan a funeral that suits your circumstances
You may qualify for a funeral grant from Work and Income (WINZ) and/or the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). We can help you make applications for these.
We can also provide advice and assistance on the range of help which may be available to you and your family to cover funeral costs.
When a death occurs, bank accounts in the name of the deceased are frozen and, in some cases, cannot be accessed until after Probate is granted. To ensure ongoing access by a spouse or partner, it is better for the bank accounts to be in joint names. This needs to be done before death to ensure that the surviving partner is able to access funds until probate has been completed.
Payment of your account
Sometimes, estate settlement is delayed by Probate. When this occurs, families should pay the funeral account by the due date and recover the funds from the estate when it is settled. We will send the account directly to the person who made the funeral arrangements, and who signed the authority form because they are responsible for paying the account. If required, we’re happy to send a copy to the solicitor.
Unless specific arrangements have been made, the due date for full payment is 28 days from invoice date.