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Property Law Keyed to Kurtz
Alcor Life Extension Foundation v. Richardson
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Orville Richardson applied for membership to Plaintiff’s foundation in order to have his remains donated and his head removed and cryopreserved. Among the documents Orville signed was a “Last Will and Testament for Human Remains and Authorization of Anatomical Donation” that donated his remains to Plaintiff for cryobiological and cryonic research. Orville also paid Plaintiff a lump sum lifetime membership fee. Eventually, Orville Richardson suffered from dementia and his brother and sister, David Richardson and Darlene Broeker (Defendants) were appointed co-conservators. Defendants disagreed with Orville’s wishes to be cryopreserved and requested that Plaintiff return certain sums of money, which it did. Upon Orville’s death, Defendants were named co-administrators of his estate. Orville was buried. Two months later, Defendants requested a refund of Orville’s lifetime membership fee. Plaintiff demanded Orville’s remains and sought an order from the court compelling Defendants to approve disinterment of Orville’s body to allow for cryonic preservation.
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