2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 853. Wills.
853.15 Equitable election if will attempts to dispose of property belonging to beneficiary.

853.15

853.15 Equitable election if will attempts to dispose of property belonging to beneficiary.

853.15(1)

(1) Necessity for election.

853.15(1)(a)

(a) Unless the will provides otherwise, this subsection applies if a will gives a devise to one beneficiary and also clearly purports to give to another beneficiary property that does not pass under the will but belongs to the first beneficiary by right of ownership, survivorship, beneficiary designation or otherwise.

853.15(1)(b)

(b) If the conditions in par. (a) are fulfilled, the first beneficiary must elect either to take under the will and transfer his or her property in accordance with the will or to retain his or her property and not take under the will. If the first beneficiary elects not to take under the will, unless the will provides otherwise his or her devise under the will shall be assigned to the other beneficiary.

853.15(1)(c)

(c) This section does not require an election if the property belongs to the first beneficiary because of transfer or beneficiary designation made by the decedent after the execution of the will.

853.15(2)

(2) Procedure for election. If an election is required under sub. (1), the following provisions apply:

853.15(2)(a)

(a) The court may by order set a time within which the beneficiary is required to file with the court a written election either to take under the will and forego, waive or transfer the beneficiary's property interest in favor of the other person to whom it is given by the will, or to retain such property interest and not take under the will. The time set shall be not earlier than one month after the necessity for such an election and the nature of the interest given to the beneficiary under the will have been determined.

853.15(2)(b)

(b) If a written election by the beneficiary to take under the will and transfer the beneficiary's property interest in accordance with the will has not been filed with the court within the time set by order, or if no order setting a time has been entered, then prior to the final judgment, the beneficiary is deemed to have elected not to take under the will.

853.15(2)(c)

(c) Except as provided above, participation in the administration by the beneficiary does not constitute an election to take under the will.

853.15 - ANNOT.

History: 1983 a. 186; 1985 a. 37; 1987 a. 393 s. 53; 1993 a. 486; 1997 a. 188.

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