We understand your death care business and the unique regulations impacting the mortuary profession. We help funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, and other mortuary businesses and professionals from start-up to sale and with questions, disputes and deals. 

A Full-Service Team

Saxton & Stump’s Death Care group is a multi-disciplinary practice covering areas such as:


Our team assists death care businesses with: 

  • The purchase or sale of funeral homes, cemeteries and their assets 
  • Formation of a new business
  • Succession planning
  • Financing
  • Governance documents
  • Corporate “clean-up” 


Our attorneys have defended death care businesses against claims in state and federal courts, including: 

  • Commercial and contract disputes
  • Shareholder, member and partner disputes 
  • Indemnification and post-closing claims 
  • Consumer protection and unfair business practices 
  • Non-competes, trade secret claims and other business torts 
  • Discrimination, harassment and other employment claims


Our group is experienced at helping death care clients through the unique compliance issues facing the profession: 

  • Licensing 
  • FTC Funeral Rule 
  • Preneed, trust, and insurance questions 
  • Investigations, inspections, and customer complaints 
  • Right of disposition issues and family disputes 
  • Cremation authorization 
  • Disinterment 

Employment and Employee Benefits

Our team counsels clients on: 

  • Interviews, discipline and termination
  • Employee handbooks and policies
  • Non-competes, severance agreements and other employment contracts
  • Recruiting, hiring and background checks
  • Executive compensation and employee incentive plans
  • Retirement, health and welfare and benefits
  • Employee ownership plans 


Our team assists death care businesses and their owners plan for their future by assisting individuals and families with: 

  •  Wills, trusts, powers of attorney 
  • Living wills, and health care directives 
  • Reviewing and updating existing estate plans  
  • Medical Assistance, asset preservation and elder law issues