55-11-1. End-of-life directives--Prearranged funeral contract--Portion of money paid under contract held in trust.

Before a person's death, the person or someone on the person's behalf may direct the location, manner, and conditions of disposition of the person's remains, and the arrangements for funeral goods and services to be provided upon the person's death, and contract with another person for the purchase or rental of personal property or professional services for the final disposition of the person's body. At least eighty-five percent of all money paid under the contract must be held in a revocable or an irrevocable trust, at the purchaser's option. The money must be held in trust until the obligation of the contract is fulfilled according to its terms or, if a revocable trust, the money is refunded to the person who made the payments.

Source: SL 1953, ch 496, § 1; SDC Supp 1960, § 27.1409; SL 1967, ch 104, § 1; SL 1975, ch 302, § 1; SL 1981, ch 355, § 1; SL 1986, ch 408, § 1; SL 2022, ch 113, § 11.