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Mounting legal bills may derail daughter's effort

Associated Press

BOSTON -- Ted Williams' eldest daughter might be forced to give up her fight to remove the Hall of Famer's body from a cryonics lab because she is struggling to pay her legal bills.

Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell has spent about $50,000 in the last 16 weeks to fight her siblings' claim that their father wanted to be frozen and not cremated, her lawyer, John Heer, said Wednesday.

Heer said the case could cost at least $50,000 more. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3 in Inverness, Fla., to determine whether the case should move forward.

"We are, at this point, preparing to go forward,'' Heer said. "We have to evaluate all of our options, and not continuing is one of those options.''

To date, Ferrell's fund-raising efforts have netted $2,500, the lawyer said.

Ferrell's financial problems were first reported in the Boston Globe on Wednesday.

Williams' body was sent to an Arizona cryonics warehouse hours after his death on July 5.

Ferrell said that Williams' desire to be cremated, as stated in his will, should be honored unless there is other "clear and convincing'' evidence that he changed his mind.

But his youngest children, John Henry Williams and Claudia Williams, maintain they signed a handwritten pact with their father in November 2000 agreeing that their bodies would be frozen.

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