X-Message-Number: 14524
From: "John de Rivaz" <>
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Subject: You can take it with you
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000 12:29:59 +0100

It seems to me that the best way to approach this is for the cryonicist to
have a large a number as possible of small trusts like this with different
organisations, on the basis that they won't all fail to legal adventurers or
whatever. Even if you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars with a single
trust it can still be knocked over by an unscrupulous lawyer after you are
in cryopreservation.

Any such trust should be capable of holding equities, preferably in a mutual
fund to provide a wide spread and built in management, rather than cash or
fixed interest funds - over the periods of time likely to be involved
inflation would diminish any cash or fixed interest holdings severely.

Also the trust should be held in an economically free jurisdiction - capital
taxation could otherwise diminish the fund. (Income taxes are not usually a
problem, as the fund would rely on appreciation of assets rather than
re-investment of income to produce growth.)

Sincerely, John de Rivaz
my homepage links to Longevity Report, Fractal Report, music, Inventors'
report, an autobio and various other projects:
http://www.autopsychoice.com - should you be able to chose autopsy?

----- Original Message ----- >
> Message #14515
> Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2000 15:04:49 PST
> Subject: Re: You can take it with you
> From: Edgar W Swank <>
> The "fund" we establish is not a trust, but just an accounting of
> funds legally belonging to ACS. But unlike most other
> organizations, we pledge to use the fund allocated to a specific
> donor only for purposes to benefit that donor, unless given
> permission to divirt some portion, typically to research.
> For small amounts, under say $100,000 (after suspension costs),
> the fund is the way to go. No setup costs, no overhead.

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