Costs and Payment
Hope and Sons offers a full range of services to accommodate most budgets.
Please ring us to discuss your specific requirements. We can advise on the range of assistance available for families requiring help with funeral costs. Assistance and advice can be given on the closing of bank accounts and applications for funeral grants from Work and Income and the Accident Compensation Corporation.
Some airlines operating in New Zealand offer compassionate airfares to immediate family members travelling to a funeral. You should check with the airline you are travelling with whether the ticket you are travelling on is able to be discounted in this way. If a discount is possible, we can supply you with a supporting letter from our company.
The funeral account
Every funeral invoice from Hope and Sons is individualised. It will generally include professional service fees, mortuary services, vehicle transfers, and a casket. Other items may be included and will be itemised such as: crematorium and cemetery fees, ashes and memorial fees, doctor's fees, newspaper notices, flowers, printing, catering, a death certificate, gratuities and donations, multimedia and audiovisual, and monumental options.
With every funeral we will give you an estimate of the costs of the funeral that you have arranged with your funeral director.
Failure to make payments by the due date may result in additional recovery costs and recovery steps being taken. Interest may be added to a funeral account that remains unpaid.
The payment due date
On the Wednesday after the funeral we send the itemised funeral account to the address that you have indicated as appropriate.
The Due Date for payment, which will be indicated on the invoice, will be three (3) weeks from the day the funeral account is sent. We will send you a reminder statement seven (7) days prior to the Due Date.
An account finance charge will be added when payment is not made by the Due Date.
Probate (a term coming from a Latin word meaning 'proof') is the procedure by which the courts recognise a will as authentic. The executors of the will must obtain probate from the court so that they have authority to deal with assets (and liabilities) of the person who has died and to enable distribution of the estate in accordance with the will.
The Registrar of the High Court carries out probate after receiving an application from the executors. This task involves establishing that it was in fact the testator (the maker of the will) who died, that the will was properly signed and attested, and that executors have been appointed. For advice on estate matters we would recommend that you contact your solicitor or an organisation such as the Public Trust.