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Strange final requests and estate planning

One of Ohio's most interesting residents left behind an iconic method of food packaging along with a very unusual final request on his will. The inventor of the famous and tubular Pringles can of potato chips was 89 years old when he passed away in Cincinnati. In 2008, his children learned that the late chemist, who was known for his lively sense of humor, wanted to be buried inside a Pringles can.

It is not clear whether his final request was included in his will or as part of his estate planning documents. However, his children carried out his final request by stopping at a Walgreen's drugstore before they arrived at the funeral home. Reportedly, his survivors agreed that they had to use an original flavor Pringles can.

In the practice of estate planning, burial requests are formally known as final arrangements, and they do not need to be included in wills. Final arrangements can be discussed with family members and confidants. In some cases, though, there may be situations of incapacity, inheritance issues or undue influence that may prompt some individuals to include final arrangements in their estate planning.

Regardless of whether they may be considered to be unusual, final arrangements can be placed within estate planning documents known as Planning Declarations, which detail final wishes related to funerals and burials. Since a Planning Declaration is similar in some ways to a power of attorney, it is recommended to entrust this authority to a close relative or confidant who would be willing and able to carry out final wishes. It may also be a good idea to speak to an attorney when one is ready to prepare any such documents.

Source: NWI Times, "Estate Planning: How to deal with unusual final requests", Christopher Yugo, Aug. 6, 2017

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