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Possible Legal Rights of  Cryogenically Revived Persons 1 st  Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons Melbourne...
Introduction <ul><li>What is the Status of the Law? </li></ul><ul><li>Rights determined by Status of Revived Person </li><...
What Rights Are Relevant? <ul><li>Rights of the Revived Person </li></ul><ul><li>Rights of Others over the Revived Persons...
Rights Depend On Identity <ul><li>Is there psychological continuity? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you the “same” person? </li></u...
Categories of Rights <ul><li>Property or Financial Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Rights </li></ul>
Property or Financial Rights <ul><li>Right to Hold and Alienate Property  </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Receive or Direct an ...
Property Rights – Competing Principles <ul><li>Right to Hold Property vs, Restrictions on Alienation </li></ul><ul><li>Rul...
Personal Rights <ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Marital Status and Family Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Other Poli...
Guidance from Other Law <ul><li>Law of Absent Persons </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of Cryogenically Preserved Embryos and S...
Law of Absent Persons <ul><li>Presumption of Death </li></ul><ul><li>Probate of Estate and Property Transfers </li></ul>
Absent Persons - Treatment of Property <ul><li>Disposition of Land and Merchantability of Title </li></ul><ul><li>Collecti...
Absent Persons - Re-Emergence <ul><li>Reimbursement from “Fund” </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Recover Assets -- Limited </li>...
Law of Absent Persons <ul><li>Is this analogous? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the person “absent”?  </li></ul><ul><li>When will th...
Cryogenically Preserved Embryos & Sperm <ul><li>Status as “Descendants” of Donor? </li></ul><ul><li>Contingent Rights Vest...
Treatment of Trans-gendered Persons <ul><li>Continuity of Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Protections </li></ul><ul><li>“...
What Obligations Might Arise? <ul><li>Obligations to Descendants </li></ul><ul><li>Obligations to the State </li></ul><ul>...
Protecting Your Rights <ul><li>Estate Planning and Dynasty Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Domiciliary Status at Death </li></ul>...
Final Thoughts
Possible Rights <ul><li>Revived Person as Heir </li></ul><ul><li>Rights and Obligations as Heir </li></ul><ul><li>Duties a...
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Possible Legal Rights of Cryogenically Revived Persons

  1. 1. Possible Legal Rights of Cryogenically Revived Persons 1 st Annual Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons Melbourne Beach, Florida December 10, 2005 A. Christopher Sega, Esq.
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>What is the Status of the Law? </li></ul><ul><li>Rights determined by Status of Revived Person </li></ul><ul><li>Possible Rights by Analogy </li></ul><ul><li>Actions to “Protect” Your Rights </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Rights Are Relevant? <ul><li>Rights of the Revived Person </li></ul><ul><li>Rights of Others over the Revived Persons </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rights Depend On Identity <ul><li>Is there psychological continuity? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you the “same” person? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a “related” person, descendant or “heir”? </li></ul><ul><li>Are you a “new” person? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Categories of Rights <ul><li>Property or Financial Rights </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Rights </li></ul>
  6. 6. Property or Financial Rights <ul><li>Right to Hold and Alienate Property </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Receive or Direct an Inheritance </li></ul><ul><li>Social Security and other Retirement Benefits </li></ul>
  7. 7. Property Rights – Competing Principles <ul><li>Right to Hold Property vs, Restrictions on Alienation </li></ul><ul><li>Rule Against Perpetuities vs. Repeal of Rule Against Perpetuities </li></ul>
  8. 8. Personal Rights <ul><li>Citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Marital Status and Family Relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Other Political Rights and Obligations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Guidance from Other Law <ul><li>Law of Absent Persons </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of Cryogenically Preserved Embryos and Semen </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment of Trans-gendered Persons </li></ul>
  10. 10. Law of Absent Persons <ul><li>Presumption of Death </li></ul><ul><li>Probate of Estate and Property Transfers </li></ul>
  11. 11. Absent Persons - Treatment of Property <ul><li>Disposition of Land and Merchantability of Title </li></ul><ul><li>Collection of Insurance Policies and Survivor’s Pensions </li></ul><ul><li>Duty to Conserve Property </li></ul>
  12. 12. Absent Persons - Re-Emergence <ul><li>Reimbursement from “Fund” </li></ul><ul><li>Right to Recover Assets -- Limited </li></ul><ul><li>Measure of Recovery </li></ul>
  13. 13. Law of Absent Persons <ul><li>Is this analogous? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the person “absent”? </li></ul><ul><li>When will this person “return”? </li></ul><ul><li>How will pre-mortem cryonics change this? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Cryogenically Preserved Embryos & Sperm <ul><li>Status as “Descendants” of Donor? </li></ul><ul><li>Contingent Rights Vesting on Gestation </li></ul>
  15. 15. Treatment of Trans-gendered Persons <ul><li>Continuity of Identity </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Protections </li></ul><ul><li>“New” Status </li></ul>
  16. 16. What Obligations Might Arise? <ul><li>Obligations to Descendants </li></ul><ul><li>Obligations to the State </li></ul><ul><li>Obligations to Insurance Companies </li></ul><ul><li>Impact on Marital Status </li></ul><ul><li>Civil and Criminal Claims </li></ul>
  17. 17. Protecting Your Rights <ul><li>Estate Planning and Dynasty Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Domiciliary Status at Death </li></ul><ul><li>Property Maintenance Trusts </li></ul><ul><li>Filing Protective Refunds for Estate Taxes </li></ul>
  18. 18. Final Thoughts
  19. 19. Possible Rights <ul><li>Revived Person as Heir </li></ul><ul><li>Rights and Obligations as Heir </li></ul><ul><li>Duties and Obligations while in Suspension </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank You! 162258v1

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