Oklahoma Disclaimer of Property Interest Law


Wills and Estates – Disclaimer of Property Interest – Oklahoma

Terms Defined.

As used in this act, unless otherwise clearly required by the context:

1. “Beneficiary” means and includes any person entitled, but for his disclaimer, to take an interest, as grantee; as donee; under any assignment or instrument of conveyance or transfer; by succession to a disclaimed interest, other than by will, intestate succession or through the exercise or nonexercise of a testamentary power of appointment; as beneficiary of an inter vivos trust or insurance contract; pursuant to the exercise or nonexercise of a nontestamentary power of appointment; as donee of a power of appointment created by a nontestamentary instrument; or otherwise under any nontestamentary instrument;

2. “Interest” means and includes the whole of any property, real or personal, legal or equitable, or any fractional part, share or particular portion or specific assets thereof or any estate in any such property including but not limited to a joint tenancy interest in any such property, or power to appoint, consume, apply or expend property or any other right, power, privilege or immunity relating thereto; and

3. “Disclaimer” means a written instrument which declines, refuses, releases or disclaims an interest which would otherwise be succeeded to by a beneficiary, which instrument defines the nature and extent of the interest disclaimed thereby and which must be signed, witnessed and acknowledged by the disclaimant in the manner provided for deeds of real estate.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §751.

Right to File Disclaimer – Minor Incompetent or Deceased Beneficiaries.

A beneficiary may disclaim any interest in whole or in part, or with reference to specific parts, shares, portions or assets thereof, by filing a disclaimer in the manner hereinafter provided. A guardian, executor, administrator or other personal representative of the estate of a minor, incompetent or deceased beneficiary, if he deems it in the best interests of those interested in the estate of such beneficiary and of those who take the beneficiary’s interest by virtue of the disclaimer and not detrimental to the best interests of the beneficiary, with or without an order of the probate court, may execute and file a disclaimer on behalf of the beneficiary within the time and in the manner in which the beneficiary himself could disclaim if he were living, of legal age and competent. A beneficiary likewise may execute and file a disclaimer by agent or attorney so empowered.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §752.

Disclaimer – Time for Filing.

Such disclaimer shall be filed at any time after the creation of the interest, but in all events within nine (9) months after the effective date of the nontestamentary instrument creating the interest, or, if the disclaimant is not then finally ascertained as a beneficiary or his interest has not then become indefeasibly fixed both in quality and in quantity, such disclaimer shall be filed not later than nine (9) months after the event which would cause him so to become finally ascertained and his interest to become indefeasibly fixed both in quality and quantity. With respect to a disclaimer, an interest which is a joint tenancy interest in property shall not be considered to be indefeasibly fixed both in quality and quantity until the death of all but one of the persons owning such joint tenancy interest.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §753.

Place of Filing Disclaimer – Delivery of Copies – Interest in Real Estate.

Such disclaimer shall be effective upon being filed in any court of the State of Oklahoma having jurisdiction and venue of the matter. A copy of the disclaimer shall be delivered or mailed to the trustee of any trust in which the interest disclaimed exists or to such other person as has legal title to, or possession of, the property in which the interest disclaimed exists, and no such trustee or person shall be liable for any otherwise propers distribution or other disposition made without actual notice of the disclaimer. If an interest in or relating to real estate is disclaimed, the original of the disclaimer, or a copy of the disclaimer certified as true and complete by the custodian wherein the same has been filed, shall also be filed with the county clerk in the county or counties where the real estate is situated and shall constitute notice to all persons only from and after the time of such filing.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §754.

Disclaimer of Interest.

Unless otherwise provided in the nontestamentary instrument creating the interest with reference to the possibility of a disclaimer by the beneficiary, the interest disclaimed shall be distributed or otherwise be disposed of in the same manner as if the disclaimant had died immediately preceding the death or other event which causes him to become finally ascertained as a beneficiary and his interest to become indefeasibly fixed both in quality and quantity and, in any case, the disclaimer shall relate for all purposes to that date, whether filed before or after such death or other event. However, one disclaiming an interest in a nonresiduary gift under a trust instrument or otherwise shall not be excluded, unless his disclaimer so provides, from sharing in a gift of the residue even though, through lapse, such residue includes the assets disclaimed. If the disclaimer pertains to a joint tenancy interest in property, the interest disclaimed shall be distributed or otherwise be disposed of in the same manner as if the disclaimant had died immediately preceding the death of the other person having a joint tenancy interest in the same property whose death most closely preceded the effective date of the disclaimer or, if no person having a joint tenancy interest has died, then as if the disclaimant never owned the joint tenancy interest which was disclaimed.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §755.

Uniform Fraudulent Conveyances Act not Abrogated – Bar on Right to Disclaim in Certain Cases.

Nothing included in this act shall be deemed to amend, repeal or abrogate in any manner Title 24 O. S. 1971, Sections 101 through 111, inclusive. Any voluntary assignment or transfer of, or contract to assign or transfer, an interest in real or personal property, or written waiver of the right to disclaim the succession to an interest in real or personal property, by any beneficiary, or any sale or other disposition of an interest in real or personal property pursuant to judicial process, made before he has disclaimed, as herein provided, bars the right otherwise hereby conferred on such beneficiary to disclaim as to such interest.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §756.

Spendthrift Provisions – Binding Effect of Disclaimer – Spouse of Disclaimant.

The right to disclaim granted by this act shall exist irrespective of any limitation imposed on the interest of the disclaimant in the nature of an express or implied spendthrift provision or similar restriction. A disclaimer, when filed as provided in this act, or a written waiver of the right to disclaim, shall be binding upon the disclaimant or beneficiary so waiving and all parties thereafter claiming by, through or under him, except that a beneficiary so waiving may thereafter transfer, assign or release his interest if such is not prohibited by an express or implied spendthrift provision. If an interest in real estate is disclaimed and the disclaimer is duly filed in accordance with the provisions of Section 4 of this act, the spouse of the disclaimant, if such spouse has consented to the disclaimer in writing, shall thereupon be automatically debarred from any claim, right or interest in such real estate to which such spouse, except for such disclaimer, would have been entitled.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §757.

Other Rights Not Abridged.

This act shall not abridge the right of any person, apart from this act, under any existing or future statute or rule of law, to disclaim any interest or to assign, convey, release, renounce or otherwise dispose of any interest.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §758.

Interests Not Fixed or Finally Ascertained – Right to Disclaim.

Any interest which exists on the effective date of this act but which has not then become indefeasibly fixed both in quality and quantity, or the taker of which has not then become finally ascertained, may be thereafter disclaimed in the manner provided herein.

Title 60, Chap. 15, §759.