(1) A licensee shall not, in conjunction with any professional services performed for compensation under this chapter, provide financial or investment advice to any person other than a family member, represent any person in a real estate transaction, or act as an agent under a power of attorney for any person. However, this section shall not be deemed to prohibit a funeral establishment from entering into prearrangement funeral service contracts in accordance with this chapter or to prohibit a funeral director from providing advice about government or insurance benefits.
Terms Used In Washington Code 18.39.231
- Board: means the funeral and cemetery board created pursuant to RCW 18. See Washington Code 18.39.010
- Director: means the director of licensing. See Washington Code 18.39.010
- Funeral establishment: means a place of business licensed in accordance with RCW 18. See Washington Code 18.39.010
- Licensee: means any person or entity holding a license, registration, endorsement, or permit under this chapter issued by the director. See Washington Code 18.39.010
- Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
- person: may be construed to include the United States, this state, or any state or territory, or any public or private corporation or limited liability company, as well as an individual. See Washington Code 1.16.080
- Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
(2) A violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor and is grounds for disciplinary action.
(3) The board shall adopt rules as the board deems necessary to prevent unethical financial dealings between licensees and their clients.
Intent—Effective date—2003 c 53: See notes following RCW 2.48.180.
Severability—1986 c 259: See note following RCW 18.130.010.
Effective dates—1982 c 66: See note following RCW 18.39.240.