If a beneficiary is 96 years old, can they decline an inheritance?
Question Details: If my mom is on Medicaid and has dementia and is left an inheritance, can she refuse it? And how would she do it if she cannot sign her name on a form. Can a person with her power of attorney do it for her?
A beneficiary of any age can decine an inheritance. If she is not competent to do so directly herself, if she gave someone a broad POA conferring on that person the authority to do anything she herself could, that person could decline it for her. Or if the POA is more limited than that (it only gives certain powers, not including this) but your mother is no longer mentally competent, you could petition the court (ask an elder law attorney to help you) to have her declared incompetent to manage her own affairs and have you declared her legal guardian; you would then have the authority to do this.
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