Death Care

At Saxton & Stump, you’ll find a trusted team of legal advisors and partners who understand your death care business and the unique regulations impacting the mortuary industry in Pennsylvania. Leveraging our industry experience, our Death Care attorneys form a collaborative relationship with each client and take an individualized approach to every matter.

We represent funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, merchandise companies, insurance agents, preneed marketers, memorialization professionals and pet cemeteries. Our primary focus is to provide guidance to advance our clients’ objectives in a way that mitigates risk and protects their businesses. Saxton & Stump’s Death Care Group recognizes the challenges that mortuary businesses face and helps clients navigate the complexities of the ever-changing and competitive industry.


Saxton & Stump’s Death Care attorneys are experienced in defending claims in state and federal courts and provide clients with thoughtful, aggressive and effective representation for disputes and claims including:

  • Commercial and contract disputes
  • Fraud, defamation and other business torts
  • Negligent burials, wrongful cremation or delayed funeral
  • Improper removal, storage, embalming or identification
  • Trade secret and non-compete claims

Regulatory Compliance

The death care industry is highly regulated, and our attorneys represent clients before licensing boards and regulatory agencies on issues such as:

  • Licensing and permitting
  • Examinations and inspections
  • FTC Funeral Rule
  • Environmental compliance
  • Premises liability

Access to a Full-Service Team

Saxton & Stump is a multi-disciplinary law firm, which allows our Death Care clients to leverage attorneys and consultants who are well-versed in their respective focus areas:

Saxton & Stump’s Business and Corporate Law group can assist on general business matters, forming a new business, business succession planning, financing, governance documents and contract reviews. We also have a team of experienced mergers and acquisitions (M&A) attorneys who can assist with the purchase and sale of funeral homes and/or cemeteries and their assets. They also work closely with our Intellectual Property attorneys on franchising and trade secret matters.

Our Trusts and Estates attorneys advise clients on a wide range of both business and personal planning matters. We assist individuals and families in the preparation of wills, various types of trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and health care directives, and in the periodic review and updating of existing estate plans. In addition, our Trusts and Estates attorneys counsel trustees and corporate fiduciaries in administration of various trusts, including special needs trusts, and in interpretation of trust provisions, reformation of trusts, termination of trusts, filing of court accountings and preparation of settlement agreements among beneficiaries. Saxton & Stump’s Trusts and Estates team also advises on Medical Assistance, asset preservation and elder law issues.

Labor and Employment matters impact the day-to-day operations of funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries. We review employment agreements, employee handbooks and human resources policies to ensure compliance with federal and state law. Our Labor and Employment attorneys can advise on issues related to compliance with Department of Labor (DoL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections and compliance.

Our strategic partner, Granite HR Consulting, offers services including employee recruiting, hiring and background checks, employee relations, best practices and training.

When Real Estate issues arise, our team can advise clients on leasing, zoning, environmental and land use laws. We can also assist in property transfers, commercial lending, banking and finance matters, tax-related matters. Our real estate team works closely with our Construction Law attorneys who can advise on project planning, contract negotiation, claim preparation and construction dispute resolutions.



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