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.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Beneficiary Clause

    A beneficiary clause is a provision in a life insurance policy ...
  2. Absolute Beneficiary

    A designation of a beneficiary that can not be changed without ...
  3. Named Beneficiary

    This term refers to any beneficiary named in a will, a trust, ...
  4. Cancellation Provision Clause

    It is a provision in an insurance policy that permits an insurer ...
  5. Full Reporting Clause

    Full reporting clause is an insurance policy provision requiring ...
  6. Beneficiary

    Anybody who gains an advantage and/or profits from something. ...
Related Articles
  1. Insurance

    Life Insurance Clauses Determine Your Coverage

    Understanding these key parts of your policy will help you to ensure that your family will be covered.
  2. Retirement

    Who is a Beneficiary?

    A beneficiary is a person or entity that receives funds, assets, property or other benefits from a trust, will, or life insurance policy.
  3. Insurance

    Life Insurance: How Long Does It Take To Get Paid?

    How to file for a life insurance payout – and how long it takes to receive it. Plus, new ways to plan for payments that provide an income stream.
  4. Insurance

    Should My Child Be My Life Insurance Beneficiary?

    Don't make the mistake of naming your minor child as your life insurance beneficiary.
  5. Insurance

    How Life Insurance Payouts Work

    Life insurance provides peace of mind to policyholders and their loved ones.
  6. Retirement

    Mistakes In Designating A Retirement Beneficiary

    Make sure your beneficiary designations not only reflect your intentions but also meet the requirements to be effective.
  7. Financial Advisor

    How to Handle Client Beneficiary Designations

    Beneficiary designations are a critical financial planning step that can be easily overlooked. Here's how to ensure they are properly done.
  8. Retirement

    An Estate Planning Must: Update Your Beneficiaries

    Life changes make it time to rewrite your plan's designations.
  9. Managing Wealth

    Why You Should Draft A Will

    Don't trust the courts to follow your wishes - plan the distribution of your own assets.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How are contingent beneficiaries informed of a payout?

    Understand how contingent beneficiaries are made aware of a policy payout, and learn what policy owners can do to ensure ... Read Answer >>
  2. What types of insurance policies have contingent beneficiaries?

    Learn what types of insurance policies use contingent beneficiaries and what conditions must be met for the contingent beneficiary ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Two And Twenty

    A type of compensation structure that hedge fund managers typically employ in which part of compensation is performance based. ...
  2. Life Insurance

    A protection against the loss of income that would result if the insured passed away. The named beneficiary receives the ...
  3. Price Elasticity Of Demand

    A measure of the relationship between a change in the quantity demanded of a particular good and a change in its price. Price ...
  4. Market Capitalization

    The total dollar market value of all of a company's outstanding shares. Market capitalization is calculated by multiplying ...
  5. Frexit

    Frexit – short for "French exit" – is a French spinoff of the term Brexit, which emerged when the United Kingdom voted to ...
  6. Stop-Limit Order

    An order placed with a broker that combines the features of stop order with those of a limit order. A stop-limit order will ...
Trading Center