Regular readers will know that I am not a great fan of funeral plans. Paying for a funeral is something which the estate should naturally pay for and the conversation ought to start before the big event. I can remember my father telling me quite some time before he died that, although his will stipulated burial, he changed his mind and wanted to be cremated and he told me the kind of service he would like. No problem, no funeral plan. There is also the risk that funeral plans can become an industry for financial extraction and it is good to see that the Government is pressing ahead with its investigation. The Government has also announced recently an investigation into the provision of services by funeral directors and the owners of crematoria. I recently saw on the web a few good tips about what you should consider in relation to funeral services.