The deathcare industry includes funeral homes, cemeteries, and all the people and businesses that are part of them. Lemasters Consulting serves the deathcare industry exclusively, because we are part of the industry and this gives us the experience and knowledge.
Poul Lemasters is an attorney and a funeral director. The combination of law and industry experience creates a solid foundation for assisting others. However, Lemasters Consulting offers even more because we remain active and very involved in the industry. In a constantly evolving field you and your business need a resource that is part of the change and current with the laws and the trends.
Poul Lemasters began as a Funeral Director. He attended the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and then completed a funeral director and embalmer’s apprenticeship. After becoming a licensed funeral director and embalmer, Poul went on to work at a local, family owned funeral home. He continued as a funeral director/embalmer and worked at several funeral homes ranging from family-owned to corporate-owned; from working as a staff of one to managing a staff of many. After ten years in the funeral home arena, Poul began his pursuit of a law degree.
While working as a full-time funeral director, Poul attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at night. After a short 3 1/2 years of night school, and passing the bar exam, Poul became an attorney.
Poul switched gears and started working as a defense litigator with the ultimate pursuit of combining the fields of funeral and law. The opportunity to combine his funeral and law background presented itself when Poul was asked to join the Alderwoods Group and serve as in-house counsel. Poul joined Alderwoods and handled various matters and issues for Cemeteries, Crematories, Funeral Homes and Insurance Companies across the United States. Issues included: state and federal regulatory compliance, form management, employee matters, contract claims, customer dispute, and litigation.
After successfully combining both a legal and funeral background, Poul made another move to join Rosenacker & Associates. While at Rosenacker & Associates, Poul continued to serve Funeral Industry Professionals by providing both legal and business management consulting. Poul also pursued an increased knowledge in the funeral industry and better understanding of current trends affecting the industry.
Poul remains involved and active in the funeral industry. He serves as the cremation counsel and GPL compliance provider for members of the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA). Poul also serves as a Cremation Coach for ICCFA members and answers questions affecting those who work in the cremation field. Poul has written on various issues including articles on:
- Insurance Needs for Funeral Businesses
- Pre-Need Due Diligence
- Cremation Best Practices
- Policy & Procedure Manuals for Deathcare Providers
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
It is a combination of experience, knowledge, and involvement that makes Lemasters Consulting a great resource for your business and the right choice to help you.