The article said Orville paid Alcore a lump sum lifetime membership fee of $53,500. Being curious, I took a look at Alcore's web site:
It said many things,but a couple of them caught my eye:
Q: How much does cryonics cost?
A: Most people pay for cryonics with life insurance, and since the actual cost of that depends on your age and health, to find out your specific cost you would need to shop for life insurance. Alcor offers two options: for whole body preservation you would need a minimum policy of $150,000, and for neuropreservation you would need a minimum policy of $80,000.
Elsewhere at the site:
Current Life Membership Fees are:
1. First family member - $20,000.00 lump sum or payments over 20 years of $100.00 monthly, $285.00 quarterly, or $1100.00 annually..
For Members residing in the continental U.S. and Canada: Alcor will provide Comprehensive Member Standby (CMS) to all Members (standby in Canada may be subject to delays due to customs and immigration requirements), which includes all rescue activities up through the time the legally pronounced Member is delivered to the Alcor operating room for cryoprotection.
Current Lifetime CMS charges are:
Lump Sum Payment: $4,000.00
So it would seem that out of the $53,500 he paid, Membership and CMS took up $24,000, leaving $29,500 for the actual preservation costs. But the preservation cost would be a minimum of $80,000. So is the family supposed to come up with the difference, or does Alcor demand that it come from an insurance policy that Orville had?
Finally, elsewhere on the site I found:
Alcor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization authorized to accept anatomical donations under the provisions of the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act (UAGA) and Arizona Anatomical Gift Act (AAGA) for research purposes. These are the same state laws that govern medical schools, neurological research banks, and other scientific uses of donated tissue. Several courts have also ruled that decedents or their relatives have the right to choose cryonics based on laws that empower people to choose the disposition of their remains. For further information, read The Legal Status of Cryonics Patients.
Notice the words "Several courts have also ruled that decedents or their relatives have the right to choose cryonics based on laws that empower people to choose the disposition of their remains.".
That would seem to say that relatives of a decedent are allowed chose cryonics after the death, but in this particular case Alcore holds that they are not. It seems to me lie they hold that they can chose something if it favors Alcore, but they can't if it does not favor Alcore.
No doubt about it, it's a strange situation.