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853.40

853.40 Disclaimer. A person to whom property would otherwise pass under a will may disclaim all or part of the property as provided in s. 854.13.

853.40 – ANNOT.

History: 1977 c. 309; 1983 a. 186; 1983 a. 189 s. 329 (26); 1985 a. 29, 37; 1987 a. 220; 1991 a. 39; 1997 a. 188.

853.40 – ANNOT.

Unless barred by statute, a debtor can disclaim a bequest, thus defeating a creditor's action under s. 813.026. Estate of Goldhammer v. Goldhammer, 138 Wis. 2d 77, 405 N.W.2d 693 (Ct. App. 1987).

853.40 – ANNOT.

Except for a tax-related “qualified disclaimer,” the 9-month time limit for disclaimer of a future interest commences on the death of the life tenant. Estate of Balson, 183 Wis. 2d 31, 515 N.W.2d 474 (Ct. App. 1994).

853.40 – ANNOT.

NOTE: The preceding cases were decided prior to the adoption of 1997 Wis. Act 188, which made extensive revisions to s. 853.27 and created s. 854.06.