and I have been having an interesting conversation in the comments of another of my posts about the rights people have after death. Simon maintains that the only people that have rights or are subject to laws are the living. I.e. wills are only about the rights of the living and the stated wished of the deceased don’t matter (if I understand correctly about what he’s said). Similarly control of one’s organs after death (should life-saving transplants be allowed even if the deceased strongly expressed a will against it before death). Similarly the use of one’s likeness after death – is that only controlled by one’s beneficiaries or is there a law-based assumption if no-one stands to inherit?

One of the things he brought up was the state of current UK law. Is there an overview anywhere on this kind of thing (ho ho) or is it a question of tracking down individual case law to answer specific questions?

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