Procedures and Fees
How does it work?
Précis operates via email, telephone, fax, regular and overnight mail. 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 or on a disk.
Above instructions apply to Pet Tributes as well, although these stories are completed in a much shorter time*.
Précis charges $50 per hour to craft an original obituary with a $50 advance. 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 begin at $100. Reduced rates may apply to Précis’ mortuary clients, and tributes to those killed in service to our country are 100% free.Pet Tributes range from $50 to $100
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.