Sec. 13. (a) Notwithstanding section 10 of this chapter, as used in this section, “seller” means an individual, a person doing business as a sole proprietor, a firm, a corporation, an association, a limited liability company, or a partnership:
(1) contracting to provide prepaid or at-need services or merchandise, or both, to a named individual; and

Terms Used In Indiana Code 30-2-13-13

  • agent: means a person authorized by a seller to offer, sell, or solicit the sale of a contract on behalf of the seller and includes an employee or independent contractor of the seller. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-2
  • at-need services and merchandise: includes personal property or services:
    (1) listed in section 8(1) of this chapter; and
    (2) purchased after the time of death. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-2.5
  • contract: means a written agreement between a purchaser and a seller that:
    (1) obligates the seller to provide prepaid services or merchandise, or both, for a named individual; and
    (2) becomes irrevocable thirty (30) days after the written agreement is signed by the purchaser and seller. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-4
  • corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • delivery: means the time when:
    (1) services are performed in connection with the funeral or other disposition of the purchaser or the individual for whom services are to be provided under the contract;
    (2) except for merchandise described in section 8(1)(A) and 8(1)(C) of this chapter, the merchandise is:
    (A) in the possession of the purchaser or used for the intended purpose of the merchandise; or
    (B) permanently installed on or in cemetery property, the burial rights to which have been transferred or granted to the purchaser or individual for whose interment the merchandise is to be used; or
    (3) except for merchandise described in section 8(1)(A) and 8(1)(C) of this chapter, the merchandise is:
    (A) purchased by the seller and stored in manufactured form, in a manner and number equal to all merchandise sold, on the premises where the merchandise is to be used or installed and specifically identified in the name of the purchaser, although any applicable installation or final finishing fees remain subject to the terms of the contract made under this chapter; or
    (B) permanently identified with the name of the purchaser or individual for whom the merchandise is to be provided and delivered to a warehouse, with both title to the merchandise and a warehouse receipt delivered to the purchaser, and notification to and acceptance of delivery acknowledged in writing by the purchaser. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-5
  • escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Property: includes personal and real property. See Indiana Code 1-1-4-5
  • purchaser: means a person or firm contracting with a seller for services or merchandise to be provided or delivered for a named individual. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-9
  • seller: means a person doing business as a sole proprietor, a firm, a limited liability company, a corporation, an association, or a partnership contracting to provide services or merchandise, or both, to a named individual. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-10
  • services or merchandise: includes personal property or services: (1) typically sold or provided in connection with the final disposition or memorialization of human remains, including:
    (A) caskets or other primary containers, including rental, temporary, or disposable caskets or containers;
    (B) outer burial containers;
    (C) cremation or transportation containers; (D) funeral clothing or accessories;
    (E) monuments; (F) grave markers; (G) cremation urns;
    (H) embalming services;
    (I) funeral directing services provided at the time of death and in connection with the final disposition of human remains;
    (J) final date carving fees, including carving fees for double monuments;
    (K) cremation;
    (L) cremation services;
    (M) other funeral and burial items, including items of service or merchandise that may be rented or leased; and (N) services or merchandise otherwise described as cash advance items under section 11. See Indiana Code 30-2-13-8
  • trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.

(2) holding a certificate of authority under this chapter.
(b) A purchaser has the option to designate one (1) or more successor sellers to provide:
(1) prepaid services or merchandise; or
(2) at-need services or merchandise. A purchaser who exercises the purchaser’s option to designate a successor seller shall give written notice of the designation to the currently designated seller, successor seller, and trustee or escrow agent. Only a purchaser may exercise the option to designate a new seller. However, the designation is ineffective unless the newly designated seller consents to the designation.
(c) If a purchaser designates a successor seller, and the successor seller consents to the designation, not less than thirty (30) days after receiving notice under subsection (b), the seller who was previously designated shall:
(1) relinquish and transfer all rights under the contract; (2) transfer to the successor the contract; and
(3) release from trust or escrow for subsequent deposit to the successor seller’s trust or escrow all property being held as consideration for the contract, together with an itemized statement disclosing all services or merchandise delivered as of the date of transfer. However, a seller who was previously designated to provide the services or merchandise shall comply with section 30 of this chapter. The seller and the successor sellers shall cooperate to ensure that there is no forfeiture or loss of a right or benefit under the contract and that all contract terms are fulfilled. If similar prepaid or at-need services or merchandise are purchased from one (1) or more sellers, the contract that is first in time prevails and is valid.
(d) The trustee shall confirm the transfer to the seller, successor seller, and purchaser by written notice confirming the identity and value of the property transferred.
(e) It is a violation of this chapter for a seller to knowingly induce a purchaser to breach an existing contract that provides for prepaid or at-need services or merchandise.
(f) This section does not abrogate the requirements of IC 25-15-4 concerning contracting for or delivering at-need services and merchandise.
(g) It is a violation of this chapter for a seller to knowingly:
(1) induce a purchaser who has the right to designate a successor seller under subsection (b) to:
(A) make a designation of a successor seller;
(B) breach an existing contract for prepaid or at-need services or merchandise; or
(C) enter into an at-need or prepaid contract calling for the delivery of similar services or merchandise; or
(2) offer a monetary inducement or the exchange or substitution of free or discounted services or merchandise in an effort to induce a purchaser to effect a change in the designation of a seller of prepaid or at-need services or merchandise.
(h) It is a violation of this chapter for a seller to provide free or discounted burial rights:
(1) as an inducement or as consideration for the transfer of a contract; or
(2) in an effort to induce a purchaser to effect a change in the designation of a seller of prepaid or at-need services or merchandise. As added by P.L.200-1991, SEC.1. Amended by P.L.207-1993, SEC.30; P.L.120-1994, SEC.4; P.L.241-1995, SEC.8; P.L.114-1999, SEC.10; P.L.76-2000, SEC.2; P.L.61-2008, SEC.8.