How can I deny property inheritance? 6 Answers as of January 21, 2011My mother recently passed away and left me a condo that I do not want. The condo is a slum and would take more to fix it up than it is worth. What do I need to do to clean up the ownership for the future? Who will take it? There is no money in the estate to even pay for the monthly assessment fees.
Steven J. Fromm | Steven J. Fromm & Associates, P.C.
It is assumed that she left this property via a will. If this is the case, you can simply not submit the will to probate if permitted to do so under the laws of your state. Or if the will must be probated, you can sign a qualified disclaimer according to the laws of the state of domicile and if required it should be filed with the appropriate probate or orphans court.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Javia & Moore | Marisa-Andrea Moore
This is an excellent question. Generally, persons who inherit property that they do not want can disclaim the property provided that the beneficiary did not accept the property prior to disclaiming the inheritance. In most states, taking possession of the property or exercising control over the property is sufficient evidence of acceptance by the beneficiary. Check with your local Probate Court to determine your state's procedures for disclaiming inherited property.
Answer Applies to: California