45 U.S.C. § 231k : US Code - Section 231K: Incompetence

Search 45 U.S.C. § 231k : US Code - Section 231K: Incompetence

      (a) Every individual receiving or claiming benefits, or to whom
    any right or privilege is extended, under this subchapter or any
    other Act of Congress now or hereafter administered, in whole or in
    part, by the Board shall be conclusively presumed to have been
    competent until the date on which the Board receives written
    notice, in a form and manner acceptable to the Board, that he is an
    incompetent, or a minor, for whom a guardian or other person
    legally vested with the care of his person or estate has been
    appointed: Provided, however, That, regardless of the legal
    competency or incompetency of an individual entitled to a benefit
    administered by the Board, the Board may, if it finds the interest
    of such individual to be served thereby, recognize actions by, and
    conduct transactions with, and make payments to, such individual,
    or recognize actions by, and conduct transactions with, and make
    payments to, a relative or some other person for such individual's
    use and benefit.
      (b) Every guardian or other person legally vested with the care
    of the person or estate of an incompetent or minor who is receiving
    or claiming benefits, or to whom any right or privilege is
    extended, under this subchapter or any other Act of Congress now or
    hereafter administered, in whole or in part, by the Board shall
    have power everywhere, in the manner and to the extent prescribed
    by the Board, but subject to the provisions of the preceding
    subsection, to take any action necessary or appropriate to perfect
    any right or exercise any privilege of the incompetent or minor and
    to conduct all transactions on his behalf under this subchapter or
    any other Act of Congress now or hereafter administered, in whole
    or in part, by the Board. Any payment made pursuant to the
    provisions of this section shall be a complete settlement and
    satisfaction of any claim, right, or interest in and to such
    payment.