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Property Law Keyed to Kurtz
Alcor Life Extension Foundation v. Richardson
Citation:785 N.W.2d 717
Decedent Orville Richardson applied for a membership to the plaintiff’s foundation to have his body donated, while his head would be removed and cryopreserved. The decedent paid the plaintiff a lifetime membership fee in exchange for the membership. Later on, the defendants, who were siblings of the decedent, became the decedent’s conservators. When the decedent died, the defendant buried him without notifying the plaintiff. Two months after the decedent’s death, the defendants requested a refund of the membership fee. The plaintiff responded by demanding the decedent’s remains and sought a court order compelling defendants to approve of disinterment of the decedent’s body to allow for cryonic preservation.
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