News 6 Investigates: Last wishes financial fiasco

News 6 Investigates: Last wishes financial fiasco


 BELL, CHIEF METEOROLOGIST  TOM SORRELLS.  >>IT’S BECOMING MORE AND MORE  POPULAR FOR PEOPLE TO PLAN AND  PAY FOR FUNERALS IN ADVANCE.  >>MOST DO IT TO TAKE THE  BURDEN OFF THEIR KIDS& AND  SURVIVORS.  BUT ONE COUPLE’S TURNED INTO A  FINANCIAL FIASCO.  >>IN THIS HOLLYWOOD MOVIE,  FUNERALS ARE DEPICTED AS SAD,  SOMBER AND SUDDEN.  BUT MARVIN HUMPHREY WANTED TO  TAKE THE GUESSWORK, SHOCK AND  COST OUT OF DYING SO WHILE IN  HIS 80s, HE PLANNED AND PAID  FOR BOTH HE AND HIS WIFE’S  FUNERALS, OR SO HE THOUGHT.  >>HE SAID I DON’T WANT TO  LEAVE YOU ALL WITH THAT BURDEN.  I THOUGHT HOW WONDERFUL.  >>THE HUMPHREYS NOW HAVE  DEMENTIA AND RECEIPTS SHOWED  THEY PICKED OUT THEIR CASKETS  AND CHOSE THEIR FINAL RESTING  PLACES MAUSOLEUMS NEXT TO OTHER  FAMILY MEMBERS, 4600 THERE AND  $6200 THERE AND ACCORDING TO  RECEIPTS AND EMAILS, THE FAMILY  PAID MORE THAN $14,000 IN  INSTALLMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF  SEVERAL YEARS.  YEARS LATER, THE FAMILY SAYS  THAT HUMPHREY GOT A PHONE CALL  THE FAMILY COULD NOT BELIEVE, A  FAMILY FROM BALDWIN FAIRCHILD  WHO HAD BEEN ABOUT OUT BY  DIGNITY.  >>THEY BEGAN TO STAY TO BE  FINISHED COMPLETELY, YOU WOULD  HAVE TO PAY ANOTHER $20,000.  >>Reporter: THE HUMPHREYS SAY  THEY WERE TOLD THEY HAD NOT  PAID FOR AN ACTUAL FUNERAL  SERVICE BUT RATHER EVERYTHING  ELSE, CONSIDERING SOME EXPERTS  SAY THE AVERAGE COST OF A  FUNERAL IS $7,000 TO 10,000,  THEY WERE FLOORED.  >>IF YOU PAID OUT $14,000, YOU  THOUGHT EVERYTHING WOULD BE  TAKEN CARE OF FOR THAT KIND OF  MONEY.  >>Reporter: WE SPOKE TO  SOMEONE FROM MORGAN FAIRCHILD  WHO DID NOT OFFER MUCH FOR  MIX-UP STAYING  .  >>Reporter: THE HUMPHREYS SAY  THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN AND THEY  WANT OTHERS TO KNOW.  >>I DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN TO  OTHER FAMILIES.  THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT’S GOING  ON.  >>THE FAMILY GOT THE FUNERAL  SERVICES TAKEN CARE OF FOR MUCH  LESS AND NEARLY HOMES CAN  DIFFER FROM ONE TO ANOTHER SO  IT’S IMPORTANT TO SHOP AROUND  AND LOOK AT FAMILY OWNED  FUNERAL HOMES COMPARED TO

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