Living forever would have some major implications on society.

Some people believe that we may be on the verge of obtaining the knowledge to achieve eternal life. However, that would result in some changes in our world and society, according to the New Yorker in “Silicon Valley’s Quest To Live Forever.

Faced as we all are with our own mortality, some wealthy individuals in Silicon Valley are working to create eternal life, based on advances made in modern science and medicine.

While most independent experts are far from convinced that we are anywhere close to living forever, due to the way human cells are naturally damaged during division, it is interesting to think about what the implications of eternal life could be for estate planning.

If the wealthy could live forever, then how would they transfer their wealth to younger generations of their family? Would they even have families? If they did not have families and they died from an accident that they could not save themselves from, what would happen to their wealth?

These questions are difficult to answer.

Philip J. Kavesh
Nationally recognized attorney helping clients with customized estate planning guidance for over 40 years.
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