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The Administration determines who is the proper party to execute a claim in accordance with the following rules:
(a) If the claimant has attained the age of 18, is mentally competent, and is physically able to execute the claim, the claim shall be executed by him. Where, however, paragraph (d) of this section applies, the claim may also be executed by the claimant's legal guardian, committee, or other representative.
(b) If the claimant is between the ages of 16 and 18, is mentally competent, has no legally appointed guardian, committee, or other representative, and is not in the care of any person, such claimant may execute the claim upon filing a statement on the prescribed form indicating capacity to act on his own behalf.
(c) If the claimant is mentally competent but has not attained age 18 and is in the care of a person, the claim may be executed by such person.
(d) If the claimant (regardless of his age) has a legally appointed guardian, committee, or other representative, the claim may be executed by such guardian committee, or representative.
(e) If the claimant (regardless of his age) is mentally incompetent or is physically unable to execute the claim, it may be executed by the person who has the claimant in his care or by a legally appointed guardian, committee, or other representative.
(f) Where the claimant is in the care of an institution and is not mentally competent or physically able to execute a claim, the manager or principal officer of such institution may execute the claim.
(g) For good cause shown, the Administration may accept a claim executed by a person other than one described in paragraph (a), (b), (c), (d), (e), or (f) of this section.
[37 FR 20637, Sept. 30, 1972]
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