Uniform Anatomical Gift Act
ARTICLE 10 PART 101
EXCERPTS FROM ACT NO. 368
PUBLIC ACTS OF 1978
Sec. 10102. (1) An individual of sound mind and 18 years of age or more may give all or any physical part of the individual's body for any purpose specified in section 10103, the gift to take effect upon death.
Sec. 10103. The following persons may become donees of gifts of bodies or physical parts thereof for the purposes stated: (b) any accredited medical or dental school, college or university of education, research, advancement of medical or dental science, therapy, or transplantation.
Sec. 10104. (1) A gift of all or a physical part of the body under section 10102 (1) may be made by will. The gift becomes effective upon the death of the testator without waiting for probate. If the will is not probated, or if it is declared invalid for testamentary purposed, the gift, to the extent that it has been acted upon in good faith, is nevertheless valid and effective.
Sec. 10106. If the gift is made by the donor to a specified donee, the will, card or other document, or an executed copy thereof, may be delivered to the donee to expedite the appropriate procedures immediately after death. Delivery is not necessary to the validity of the gift. the will, card or other document, or an executed copy thereof, may be deposited in any hospital, bank, or storage facility or registry office that accepts it for safekeeping or for facilitation of procedures after death. On request of any interested party upon or after the donor's death, the person in possession shall produce the document for examination.
Sec. 10107. (1) If the will, card or other document of executed copy thereof, has been delivered to a specified donee, the donor may amend or revoke the gift by any of the following methods:
(a)The execution and delivery to the donee of a signed statement.
(b) An oral statement made in the presence of 2 persons and communicated to the donee.
(c) A statement during a terminal illness or injury addressed to an attending physician and communicated to the donee.
(d) A signed card or document found on his person or in his effects.
(2) Any document or gift which has not been delivered to the donee may be revoked by the donor in the manner set out in subsection (1), or by destruction, cancellation or mutilation of the document and all executed copies thereof.
(3) Any gift made by a will may also be amended or revoked in the manner provided for amendment or revocation of wills, or as provided in subsection (1).
Sec. 10108. (1) The donee may accept or reject the gift. If the donee accepts a gift of the entire body, the surviving spouse, next of kin or other persons having authority to direct and arrange for the funeral and burial or disposition of the body may, subject to the terms of the gift, authorize embalming and the use of the body in funeral service. If the gift is a part of the body, the donee, upon death of the donor and prior to embalming, shall cause the part to be removed without unnecessary mutilation. After removal of the part, custody of the remainder of the body rests in the surviving spouse, next of kin or such other persons have authority to direct and arrange for the funeral and burial or other disposition of the remainder of the body.
Sec. 10109. This part shall be so construed as to effectuate its general purpose to make uniform the law of those states which enact it.