About


Poul Lemasters, Esq., began his career in deathcare more than 20 years ago as a funeral director and embalmer. 

POUL LEMASTERS, Esq.

Poul began his career in deathcare more than 20 years ago as a funeral director and embalmer. He quickly recognized that the growing risk and liability in deathcare along with the lack of support and resources for those in this profession made for a deadly combination. So, he decided to go to law school—and he passed!

Today, Poul uses his unique background in both deathcare and law to provide resources and counsel to other deathcare professionals. He gets calls for assistance in risk management, daily operational conflicts, form and contract reviews, valuations, and regulatory matters. Basically, all the exciting issues our profession has to offer. Poul advises several funeral home, crematory, cemetery, and trade associations across the United States. He also shares his know-how with those in the field by serving as Cremation Coordinator and Advisor for ICCFA's Cremation Education Program.

You're always welcome to call Poul to learn about proactive prevention for your business, or for some reactive counseling after you get sued.

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SELECTED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND INFORMATION

Poul also speaks to State and National Associations on various topics including:

  • Cremation Liability
  • Collecting & Prevention Your Accounts Receivable
  • Pre-Need Laws and Regulations
  • Funeral Technology and the Laws that Control
  • Cemetery Liability
  • Embalming Liability

 

PRESS

Poul is often utilized as an expert source both in and out of the courtroom. Poul has been quoted as an expert source in a number of publications and venues over the years, from full-length documentaries to sources like CNN. Below is a selected list.

3 Common Misconceptions about Cremation GYST: Guides to Getting Your Shit Together 16 September 2016

Let’s talk about death: Mid-America College of Funeral Service offers atypical career path Insider Louisville 26 February 2016

Lemasters Coat Drive Funeral Nation Podcast 4 November 2015

Cremation 'kind of fits with' today's culture Houston Chronicle 8 August 2015

St. Vincent de Paul distributes coats from WLWT News 5 Cares Coat Drive WLWT 6 December 2014

Lemasters Consulting Holds 6th Annual Coat Drive FSX Funeral Service Extra from KatesBoylston Publications 7 November 2014

For Owners Who Desire a Forever-Bond with Their Beloved Pet Healthy Pets 28 August 2014

Sleeping with the (gold)fishes: NY Pet Cemeteries to Accept Pet Owner Remains CNN 19 June 2014

Virginia bill would allow pets, owners to be buried together Washington Post 30 January 2014

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat Freakonomics Podcast 14 October 2013

FUREVER Film Gaia Indie Films 2012

Pet funeral industry faces changes Seattle Times 8 March 2011

 


 

Lemasters Event Calendar

This calendar shows, by month, important deathcare events and information about selected speaking engagements. 

Poul travels frequently. He loves meeting new people, learning new things, and sharing his knowledge as a regular speaker for a number of deathcare associations and organization. Check out the calendar below to see where you can meet Poul in person.

 
 
 

WHERE HAS POUL BEEN?

>>> 2016

February 4 | Cremation Liability and Lawsuits— Learning Through the Eyes of Consumer | CANA Cremation Symposium | Las Vegas, NV

February 11 | The Science, Legalities and Marketing of Forms | Indiana Funeral Directors MidWinter Conference | Indianapolis, IN

February 17 | The Laws of Funeral Profession in Ohio - Including the Revised Code, Regulations, and the FTC | ODFA Masters Training Program | Columbus, OH

February 24-25 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Mid-America, IN

April 6-7 | Cremation Operator Liability | OACFP Crematorium Operator Training Program | Ajax, Ontario

April 9 | Cemetery 101: Everything from HR to Operations | Catholic Cemeteries Smaller Cemetery Conference | Lafayette, LA

April 13-16 | Cremation Headaches: How to Handle the Day to Day Issues | ICCFA Annual Convention and Expo | New Orleans, LA

April 19-20 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Atlanta, GA

May 12 | Cremation & Embalming Liability; 21st Century Lawsuits | Funeral and Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan Convention | Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

May 18 | FTC & Legal Update; Copyright and Music Licensing | Iowa Funeral Directors Annual Conference | Altoona, IA

May 25-26  | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Dallas, TX

June 11-12 | Cremation Issues for Cemeteries | Annual Mt.Elliott Cemetery Association Summer Conference | Lancing, MI

June 12-14 | Cremation Legal Pitfalls | SCCFA Annual Convention | Charleston, SC

July 22-27 | The Legal Aspects of Funeral Service; Business Law: Funeral Home and Cemetery Legal Outlook; Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons; Arranger Curriculum: Reducing Your Liability to Add to Your Bottom Line; Cemetery Liability Issues | ICCFA University | Memphis, TN

August 25-26  | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Atlanta, GA

>>> 2015

January 15 | Cremation Paperwork & Forms As Sales Tools. No Really! | ICCFA - Wide World of Sales | Las Vegas, NV

February 13-15 | Disinterment Liability: A Grave Decision | NCBVA Annual Meeting | St. Petersburg, FL

February 18-19 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Mid-America, IN

March 11-12 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Dallas, TX

March 18-19 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | CANA & ICCFA Program | Arlington, VA

March 23-27 | Cremation Liability: Covering Your Assets; Panel Discussion | OACFP Cremation Training | Ontario, Canada 

April 8-11 | Cremation Hotline Calls: Learning about Cremation from a Consumer's Perspective; Five Legal Issues Affecting Every Pet Business | ICCFA Annual Convention | San Antonio, TX

April 16-17 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | CANA & ICCFA Program | Little Rock, AR

April 22-23 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Gupton-Jones, GA

April 18-May 1  | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | OFDA, CANA & ICCFA Cremation Training | Columbus, Ohio 

May 13 | Top 15 Issues of 2015 | Illinois Funeral Directors Association | Ames, IL

May 21-22 | Cremation Liability: Covering Your Assets | Funeral & Cremation Services Council of Saskatchewan | Regina, SK

June 1-4 | Not Just a Form: The Science, Legality and Marketing of Forms | Texas Funeral Director Convention | Arlington, TX

June 10-12 | Not Just a Form: The Science, Legality and Marketing of Forms for Cemeteries | Wisconsin Cemetery Association | Madison, WI

June 17 | Cremation Liability: Covering Your Assets | Kentucky Association of Morticians | Louisville, KY

June 17-19 | Not Just a Form: The Science, Legality and Marketing of Forms | Funeral Directors Associations of Kentucky | Louisville, KY

June 23 | Not Just a Form: The Science, Legality and Marketing of Forms for Cemeteries | New England Cemetery Association | Narragansett, RI

July 17-22 | The Legal Aspects of Funeral Service; Business Law: Funeral Home and Cemetery Legal Outlook; Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons; Arranger Curriculum: Reducing Your Liability to Add to Your Bottom Line; Cemetery Liability Issues | ICCFA University | Memphis, TN

August 31 | Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | DeMoines, Iowa 

September 9-10 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Dallas, TX

September 17-18 | Disinterment Liability: A Grave Decision; HR Issues: Making Sure You Cover Your Assets | Doric Products Annual Dealer's Meeting | Milwaukee, WI

September 22-25 | Not Just a Form: The Science, Legality and Marketing of Forms for Cemeteries; Cremation Panel | Catholic Cemetery Conference | San Diego, CA

October 4 | Pet Owners v. Pet Parents: Defining and Understanding Pet Cremation | International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care | San Diego, CA

October 6 | The Laws of Funeral Profession in Ohio - Including the Revised Code, Regulations, and the FTC | ODFA Masters Training Program | Columbus, OH

October 7 | Cremation Issues for Cemeteries: Making Sure You Cover Your Assets | Indiana Cemetery Association | Indianapolis, IN

November 3-5 | Kentucky Legal Update; Cremation Issues for Cemeteries: Making Sure You Cover Your Assets; Embalming Liability: Making Sure You Cover Your Assets | Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky Mid-Winter Conference | Lexington, KY

November 18-19 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | ICCFA Cremation Certification Program | Columbus, OH

>>> 2014

Oct 28  | Cremation Isn't "Quick, Simple and Easy" Helping the Bereaved Understand a Difficult Process | National Hospice and Palliative Care | Nashville, TN 

October 28-29 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | OFDA, CANA & ICCFA Cremation Certification | Columbus, Ohio 

November 6-7 | Cremation Arranger Liability; Cremation Operator Liability | CANA & ICCFA Program | Phoenix, AZ

November 8-9 | Pet Cremation Due Diligence; Recent Pet Events; Cremation Liability with Pets | ISVMA-IL | Chicago, IL

November 13 | The Laws of Funeral Profession in Ohio - Including the Revised Code, Regulations, and the FTC | ODFA Masters Training Program | Cuyahoga Falls, OH