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Author Madoff, Ray D.

Title Immortality and the law : the rising power of the American dead / Ray D. Madoff
Published New Haven : Yale University Press, [2010]


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Description x, 191 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Controlling the body -- 2. Controlling property (part 1) : transfers to people -- 3. Controlling property (part 2) : transfers for charitable or other purposes -- 4. Controlling reputation
Summary "This book looks at how the law responds to that distinctly American dream of immortality. While American law provides virtually no protections for the interests we hold most dear - our bodies and our reputations - when it comes to property interests, the American dead have greater control than anywhere else in the world. Moreover, these righst are growing daily. From grave robbery to Elvis impersonators, Ray D. Madoff shows how the law of the dead has a direct impact on how we live. Madoff examines how the rising power of the American dead enables the deceased to exert control over their wealth forever through grandiose schemes like 'dynasty trusts' and perpetual private charitable foundations and to control their creative works and identities well into the unforeseeable future."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Estate planning -- United States.
Perpetuities -- United States.
Defamation of the dead -- United States.
LC no. 2009045472
ISBN 9780300121841 (clothbound : alk. paper)
0300121849 (clothbound : alk. paper)