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Thread: Is it possible to own something after you die?

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    Is it possible to own something after you die?

    I am curious what people think about this question.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    It is possible to specify what you would like done with your property upon your death, yes.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    I guess the reason I am asking is not that I am looking to clarify any specific issue, but I wanted to explore the philosophical implications of the idea.

    I am having trouble with the idea that an object can be property if there is no more will to be exercised. I can agree with honoring last wishes out of the respect for the dead person though.
    Last edited by tacomancer; 04-30-10 at 01:44 PM.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Why does property become something other than property after someone dies? A house is still property, bank holdings, stocks, etc. still property. I don't know what it would become if it became something other than property.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Why does property become something other than property after someone dies?
    I am not saying that it is not property. Its pretty obvious that those objects are still there. However, can they be owned by a dead person?

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    A house is still property, bank holdings, stocks, etc. still property. I don't know what it would become if it became something other than property.
    I am not sure you are understanding the question.

    Its not about the stuff.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I am curious what people think about this question.
    A trust can be set up where the deceased would still be able to exert some control from beyond the grave.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by winston53660 View Post
    A trust can be set up where the deceased would still be able to exert some control from beyond the grave.
    Indeed. A trust is a legal entity, just like a person is.

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    There are plenty of ways to dictate what happens to your property. If nothing is specifically specified, then the government will take its share; but it can still get passed down through family lines.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I am curious what people think about this question.
    No it's not possible.
    I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
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    Re: Is it possible to own something after you die?

    If the owner ceases to exist, then their ability to own also ceases to exist.
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