DEFINITION of 'Non-Contestability Clause'

1. A provision in a person's will designed to stop beneficiaries from contesting the will. The provision states that if beneficiaries try to contest the will, their potential inheritances will be effectively redistributed to other beneficiaries.

2. A provision in a life insurance policy designed to stop life insurance companies from refusing to pay out a claim to individuals because of fraud or error.

BREAKING DOWN 'Non-Contestability Clause'

1. Courts have traditionally been very reluctant to recognize non-contestability clauses in wills, and despite the presence of these clauses, courts have allowed wills to be contested.

2. Under the non-contestability clause in a life insurance policy, the life insurance company is given a one-time period in which it can contest a requested payout or claim.

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