Common Disaster Provision

A provision in a Life contract that provides that the Primary Beneficiary must outlive the insured by a specified period of time in order to receive the proceeds. If not, then the Contingent Beneficiary receives the proceeds. The provision is designed to protect the rights of the Contingent Beneficiary in the event of simultaneous (or nearly simultaneous) death of the insured and the Primary Beneficiary. The time limit is usually 10, 15, or 30 days, depending on state law. Also known as the Uniform Simultaneous Death law.