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Below are answers to some of the common questions you may have about Golden Leaves Funeral Plans and other services we offer. If you have a question about a topic not covered below, please request a callback and we will be in touch.
Is it really necessary to pre-plan my funeral?
For expatriates living overseas, we believe it’s essential. The combination of strict regulations, red tape and the language barrier means that pre-planning is the only way to ensure your family is spared the considerable distress of organising everything when the time comes.
What if I want my body to be brought back to the UK?
Most expatriates choose a plan that assumes their funeral will take place in their present country of residence. But if you’d prefer your body to be repatriated and to have a funeral on your home soil, we have a funeral plan specially designed to facilitate this.
Will I be dual-country covered?
Yes. As well as being covered in the country where you have purchased your plan, by providing additional information, your arrangements will be set up in the UK too. This will not incur any additional administrative charges.
If you purchase an International Golden Leaves plan, but pass away outside your country of residence, visiting relatives or friends for example in Denmark, your plan covers you there too, if you do not wish to be returned back home. Obviously depending on where you normally reside, the purchase value of your plan can either be fully utilised to pay for your funeral services in the country of death. Or can be contributed to the total cost, with the remainder required to be paid at the time of need.
Will there be any additional costs at the time of the funeral?
Golden Leaves guarantees 100% of the costs of the arrangements specified in your Funeral Plan. There are no hidden extras or administration charges for your family to deal with when the time comes.
Do I need a new will?
Yes. For expatriates with property or assets overseas, with different legal systems, it’s essential to have a correct and locally compatible Will. This way, you can avoid leaving your loved ones with a lengthy and expensive legal succession process, and confusion as to your intentions. Also, valuable tax savings can be achieved with proper documentation. Golden Leaves can put you in touch with our local experts to ensure you have all the advice you need in relation to having a suitable Will drafted.
What happens if I die on holiday?
We recommend that you check your travel insurance covers repatriation. If it doesn’t, we can advise your dependants how to use the Plan’s funds to contribute towards the cost of a local funeral or the cost of repatriation back to your country of residence.
Can I cancel the plan?
Yes. In contrast to an insurance policy, for example, you can cancel your Golden Leaves Plan at any time and get a refund for a significant portion of your purchase price.
Call us on FREE 0800 85 44 48 (UK) 8000 98 309 (SPAIN) or +44 208 684 34 64 if calling from anywhere else outside the UK