YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU:
ORGAN DONATION
AND
FUNERAL PRACTICES
SUMMER 2013
ORGAN DONATION
Gift of Life:
 Everyone can sign up
 Saying “yes” will not affect your
medical care
 No costs to donor, ...
MICHIGAN LAW ON ANATOMICAL GIFTS
Under the Michigan Anatomical
Gift Act, an anatomical gift of all or
any physical part of...
HOW TO GIFT
 On a driver’s license or state
identification card
 In a will
 Or other acceptable gift document
or regist...
FUNERAL PRACTICES
Who can make funeral
decisions?
Michigan law places
jurisdiction with the Probate
Court. The following i...
ORDER OF PRIORITY
1. Surviving spouse
2. Decedent’s children 18 years or older
3. Surviving parents
4. Surviving brothers ...
PRE-PLANNING ISSUES
 Burial or cremation
 Visitation
 Plot location
 Total cost/Pre-purchase of funeral
GREEN BURIAL
 No embalming or chemicals
 Can be lower cost compared to a
“traditional” burial
 More natural cemeteries ...
Presented by:
HOWARD H. COLLENS
GALLOWAY AND COLLENS, PLLC
26075 WOODWARD AVENUE
SUITE 200
HUNTINGTON WOODS, MICHIGAN 4807...
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Organ Donations and Funeral Practices Summer 2013

  1. 1. YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU: ORGAN DONATION AND FUNERAL PRACTICES SUMMER 2013
  2. 2. ORGAN DONATION Gift of Life:  Everyone can sign up  Saying “yes” will not affect your medical care  No costs to donor, their family or estate  Register online at: GiftOfLifeMichigan.org 800-482-4881
  3. 3. MICHIGAN LAW ON ANATOMICAL GIFTS Under the Michigan Anatomical Gift Act, an anatomical gift of all or any physical part of an individual’s body for any purpose as specified in the law may be made by an individual of sound mind and 18 years of age
  4. 4. HOW TO GIFT  On a driver’s license or state identification card  In a will  Or other acceptable gift document or registry such as a Power of Attorney for Health Care, subject to certain execution requirements
  5. 5. FUNERAL PRACTICES Who can make funeral decisions? Michigan law places jurisdiction with the Probate Court. The following is the order of priority:
  6. 6. ORDER OF PRIORITY 1. Surviving spouse 2. Decedent’s children 18 years or older 3. Surviving parents 4. Surviving brothers or sisters 5. Next closest blood relative 6. Personal Representative 7. Guardian (if the decedent was under a guardianship at the time of death) 8. A county public administrator, if willing 9. Medical examiner where the decedent was domiciled at the time of his or her death
  7. 7. PRE-PLANNING ISSUES  Burial or cremation  Visitation  Plot location  Total cost/Pre-purchase of funeral
  8. 8. GREEN BURIAL  No embalming or chemicals  Can be lower cost compared to a “traditional” burial  More natural cemeteries available  A local option: The Preserve at All Saints Cemetery MichiganNaturalBurial.com 800-989-9633
  9. 9. Presented by: HOWARD H. COLLENS GALLOWAY AND COLLENS, PLLC 26075 WOODWARD AVENUE SUITE 200 HUNTINGTON WOODS, MICHIGAN 48070 (248) 545-2500 GALLOWAYCOLLENS.COM Howard@GallowayCollens.com Twitter: @howardcollens

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