38 U.S. Code § 8521 - Presumption of contract for disposition of personalty

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The fact of death of a veteran (admitted as such), or a dependent or survivor of a veteran receiving care under the penultimate sentence of section 1781 (b) of this title, in a facility or hospital, while being furnished care or treatment therein by the Department, leaving no spouse, next of kin, or heirs, shall give rise to a conclusive presumption of a valid contract for the disposition in accordance with this subchapter, but subject to its conditions, of all property described in section 8520 of this title owned by said decedent at death and as to which such person dies intestate.


(Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1260, § 5221; Pub. L. 94–581, title II, § 208(c),Oct. 21, 1976, 90 Stat. 2860; Pub. L. 99–576, title VII, § 701(100),Oct. 28, 1986, 100 Stat. 3300; renumbered § 8521 and amended Pub. L. 102–40, title IV, § 402(b)(1), (d)(1),May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102–83, §§ 4(a)(3), (4), 5(c)(1),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 406; Pub. L. 107–135, title II, § 208(e)(9),Jan. 23, 2002, 115 Stat. 2464.)

2002—Pub. L. 107–135substituted “the penultimate sentence of section 1781 (b)” for “the last sentence of section 1713 (b)”.
1991—Pub. L. 102–40renumbered section 5221 of this title as this section and substituted “8520” for “5220”.
Pub. L. 102–83substituted “1713(b)” for “613(b)” and “Department” for “Veterans’ Administration”.
1986—Pub. L. 99–576substituted “such person” for “he”.
1976—Pub. L. 94–581inserted “, or a dependent or survivor of a veteran receiving care under the last sentence of section 613(b) of this title,” after “(admitted as such)”.
Effective Date of 1976 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 94–581effective Oct. 21, 1976, see section 211 ofPub. L. 94–581, set out as a note under section 111 of this title.


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