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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Impact of Latent Cerebral Recovery device on estate planners

David Russell, senior editor of The Mississippi Fiduciary blog, wrote on his blog about the Latent Cerebral Recovery (LCR) device developed in China. An excerpt of his posting is below:

A New England Journal of Medicine article reports today that a new device developed by Hungsing Labs in China, is capable of decoding brain cell activity after a person dies. In over two hundred clinical tests conducted on individuals only moments after pronounced dead, scientists were able to “ask the deceased” several questions related to their name, family, and other personal information, and decode the correct information after stimulating cells deep within the cerebral cortex. The device known as LCR (for Latent Cerebral Recovery) has already stirred controversy in China, where its use has prompted claims from family members that their loved one is not really dead, only in a deep state of sleep.* * *

Estate Planning lawyers see the tests as encouraging. “Over 50% of Americans die intestate,” says William Wrighter, JD, of Oak Grove, IL. “Imagine being able to execute a will even after someone was previously thought dead. It could open up a completely new area of estate law.”

Mr. Russell ends with an author’s comment: “to read the full story, don’t click anything. Just take note of today’s date and smile.”

April Fools' DayDavid Russell, Medical Science Redefines Post-Mortem Planning, The Mississippi Fiduciary, Apr. 1, 2011.


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