Is there a specific form that someone can sign waiving all rights to an estate?

Asked on June 12, 2014 under Estate Planning, California


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss.  The general rule is that you have nine months from the date of death to waive your right to inherit.  You do not necessarily need a specific form.  You can send a letter by certified mail to the executor and the court.  If, though, your inheritance was say an IRA you may need to check about the requirement under the IRS code section 2518 and write a Qualified Disclaimer Letter.  Good luck.

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