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Let your family know if you want to donate your body to science

There are many things that you can cover in your estate plan. Some of the things that might be covered can be awfully shocking to your family members, especially if you don't let them know ahead of time what your intentions are.

One of the things that it is best to let your family know about is if you plan on donating your body to science. You should make these plans ahead of time so that you know that everything is taken care of. This can also take a lot of pressure off of your loved ones when they are dealing with your death.

Donating your body to science requires some homework. You have to find a medical facility that can accept the donation and that is willing to handle the donation. This isn't always easy since there are limited facilities and the donation might have geographical limitations. Some facilities will only accept donations from people who meet specific criteria.

Your family members can't make any money on a whole body donation. It is illegal for facilities or programs to pay for these gifts. Instead, they can only cover the costs associated with the donation. This can include the transportation costs of getting your body from one location to the donation location.

If you are certain that you want to move forward with the donation, you will have to get the paperwork in order. Without having the paperwork together and making your wishes clear in your living will or in a letter to the estate administrator, your next-of-kin would have to approve of the donation.

Source: FindLaw, "Donate Your Body to Science," accessed July 21, 2017

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