(1)   In this section:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 440.947

  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, evidences of debt and energy. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Property: includes real and personal property. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed; "year" alone means "year of our Lord". See Wisconsin Statutes 403.504
      (a)    “Cash advance item” means personal property or a service that is obtained by a person from a 3rd party and that is paid for by the person on behalf of, and subject to reimbursement from, a buyer of a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise from the person. “Cash advance item” includes cemetery or crematory services, pallbearers, public transportation, clergy honoraria, flowers, musicians or vocalists, nurses, obituary notices, gratuities and death certificates.
      (b)    “Direct cremation service” means the disposition of human remains by cremation without any formal viewing, visitation or ceremony in which the body of the deceased is present.
      (c)    “Outer burial container” has the meaning given in s. 157.061 (11g).
      (d)    “Person” does not include a person issued a funeral director’s license under ch. 445 or an operator of a funeral establishment, as defined in s. 445.01 (7).
   (2)   No person may sell or offer for sale a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise unless the person has provided to the buyer, prior to the sale, a price list in a clearly legible and conspicuous format that includes each of the following:
      (a)    The name, address and telephone number of the person’s place of business.
      (b)    The effective date of the price list.
      (c)    The price and a description of each type of casket, outer burial container and cemetery merchandise that the person usually offers for sale without special ordering. A description required under this paragraph shall enable a buyer to identify and understand the specific casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise that is offered for sale.
      (d)    If the person usually offers an outer burial container for sale without special ordering, a statement that is identical to the following: “State law does not require that you buy a container to surround the casket in the grave. However, many cemeteries require that you have such a container so that the grave will not sink in. Either a grave liner or a burial vault will satisfy these requirements.”
      (e)    The price and a description of any direct cremation or burial service offered by the person and, if the person offers direct cremation service, a statement that is identical to the following: “If you want to arrange a direct cremation, you can use an alternative container. Alternative containers encase the body and can be made of materials like fiberboard or composition materials (with or without an outside covering). The containers that we provide are …. [insert a description of the containers offered for direct cremation].”
      (f)    The price and a description of any service offered by the person for the use any facilities, equipment or staff related to a viewing, funeral ceremony, memorial service or graveside service.
      (g)    The amount and a description of any basic service fee that is charged in addition to any price described under pars. (c), (e) or (f).
   (3)   A person who sells a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise shall, immediately after completing the sale, provide the buyer with a form in a clearly legible and conspicuous format that includes each of the following:
      (a)    The price and a description of the casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise.
      (b)    The price and a description of any service specified in sub. (2) (e) or (f) that is sold in addition to the casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise.
      (c)    The amount and a description of any basic service fee that is charged in addition to any price described under par. (a) or (b).
      (d)    A statement that the buyer may be charged only for the items that he or she has selected or that are required by law and a description and explanation of any items that he or she is required by law to purchase.
      (e)    A description of any charge for a cash advance item, including any commission, discount or rebate that the person receives for a cash advance item from the 3rd party from which the cash advance item is obtained and that the person does not pass on to the buyer.
   (4)   No person who sells a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise may do any of the following:
      (a)    Provide inaccurate information regarding the information specified in sub. (2) (c), (e), (f) or (g) to a prospective buyer who contacts the person by telephone.
      (b)    Represent that state or local law requires a prospective buyer to purchase a casket for a direct cremation service.
      (c)    Misrepresent to a prospective buyer any requirement under federal, state or local law or under the rules of any cemetery, mausoleum or crematory relating to the use of a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise.
      (d)    Represent that any casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise will delay the natural decomposition of human remains for a long or indefinite period of time.
      (e)    Require a buyer to pay an additional fee or surcharge if the buyer purchases a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise from a 3rd party.
      (f)    Alter a price specified in sub. (2) (c), (e), (f) or (g) based on the type of casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise purchased by a buyer.
   (5)   A person who sells a casket, outer burial container or cemetery merchandise shall retain a copy of the price list specified in sub. (2) (intro.) for at least one year after the date of its last distribution to a prospective buyer and shall retain a copy of each form that is provided to a buyer under sub. (3) (intro.) for at least one year after completion of a sale. A person required to retain a copy under this subsection shall make the copy available for inspection by the board upon request.