Procedures and Fees

How does it work?

Précis operates via email, telephone and Zoom. Clients are sent a form requesting background information on the deceased, everything from favorite TV shows to distinguishing physical characteristics. Follow-up questions elicit additional details, the icing on the cake, so to speak.

Upon completion of a first draft (often within 24 hours), the obituary is returned to the client for edits and revisions. A final, fully-illustrated version is then presented for dispersal to media, use in tributes or eulogies, or to share with loved ones.

For those contracting for obituaries in advance of death, a final draft is provided as an email attachment.

The above instructions apply to Pet Tributes as well, although those stories are completed in a much shorter time*.



Précis charges $50 per hour to craft an original obituary with $75 for the first hour of prep. Depending on the length and degree of detail, a final obituary (600 to 1,000 words) averages between $250 and $350, including hosting on our website. (See Price Comparison below.) Fees for by-line obits from outside contributors (you write, I edit) at $100. Tributes to those killed in service to our country are 100% free.

Pet Tributes begin at $100.

Price Comparison:

A 1,000-word custom-written Précis obit, including hosting and photos, (See Elizabeth “Betsy” Schottke) runs about $300. To place a 1,000-word display obit (with photo) in the Los Angeles Times costs about $4,000.

Précis accepts all major credit cards