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Offering Funeral Packages in Compliance with the FTC Funeral Rule

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Members: $ 45.00
Non-Members: $ 60.00
2 CE Hours

Funeral packages give consumers more options and funeral homes another way to market services and promote merchandise. Understanding what is and is not permissible in creating, pricing, and presenting packages to consumers will help your firm comply with the FTC Funeral Rule and implement this added value for the families you serve.

When you have successfully completed this online course, you will understand how to:

  1. Create funeral package plans that are in compliance with FTC regulations, restrictions, and rulings.
  2. Price funeral packages in compliance with the FTC Funeral Rule.
  3. Present funeral packages in compliance with the FTC Funeral Rule.

This NFDA course is for information purposes and while reviewed by NFDA General Counsel, Scott Gilligan, has not been reviewed by the FTC. It does not in any way replace or modify the text of the FTC Funeral Rule. Contact the FTC or legal counsel for specific legal information about funeral service compliance practices. NFDA and its representatives are not responsible for your firm's or its representatives' compliance with any local, state or federal laws, rules, and regulations governing funeral service.

Continuing Education Information

This course is approved for 2 CE hours for this calendar year by APFSP and most state licensing boards.

State Exceptions

Check with your state board for approval status.


Gilligan22T. Scott Gilligan, Esq., is an attorney with Gilligan Law Offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. He serves as General Counsel to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the largest organization of funeral directors in the United States. Mr. Gilligan has worked on NFDA matters since 1982, and became General Counsel for the association in 1993. He graduated in 1976 from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., and obtained his law degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1979.

In addition to his representation of NFDA, Mr. Gilligan serves as General Counsel to the Ohio, the Montana, and the Wisconsin funeral director associations. He has also represented several other state funeral associations, including the Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Vermont, and Virginia associations.

Mr. Gilligan's family has been in funeral service for over 130 years in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of the 2003 edition of Mortuary Law, a textbook used widely in mortuary colleges. He has also provided numerous seminars to funeral associations throughout the country on FTC Funeral Rule compliance, legal liabilities faced by funeral homes, and updates on regulatory and legislative issues impacting the funeral profession.

T. Scott Gilligan
Gilligan Law Offices
3734 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226
Phone: 513-871-6332
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*State CE approval varies. All NFDA online courses are approved for continuing education by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) and most state licensing boards. Contact your state licensing board or NFDA for specific state CE information.

The fact that NFDA presents this educational material does not denote that NFDA endorses, recommends or supports the opinions expressed by the presenter or author. The content presented is informational only. For specific legal or compliance advice contact your firm's legal counsel. NFDA does not warrant the accuracy of any of the information presented, and NFDA shall not be liable for the actions or inactions of funeral establishment owners, managers or employees in respect to the information presented in this educational product.