Defining Death: wills & estates

From: altamira (
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 00:50:50 MDT

I'm on ch. 2 of Max More's dissertation now, where he talks about the
various states a person can be in that are not the same as being alive, and
yet are not the same as being dead (eg. a deanimate person).

This brings up some interesting estate planning questions. What if a person
wanted to set up a trust for himself, to be maintained until such time as
he's either dead or resuscitated? There could be a long time span in
between the time a person becomes deanimate and the time he either dies (by
Max More's definition) or is resuscitated. Under today's law, a person
can't be cryonically suspended until he's pronounced legally dead, and any
trust he sets up will be subject to the rule against perpetuities.

So what are people these days doing to make sure they're not paupers when
they're resuscitated?


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