no-contest clause
A clause intended to keep a person from doing something or not doing something. In a will, a no-contest clause is intended to keep beneficiaries of the will from challenging its terms. Such clauses usually state that if a beneficiary challenges the will and loses, that beneficiary will receive nothing under the will. Under some states' laws, no-contest clauses are unenforceable. Also called in terrorem clause, noncontest clause, terrorem clause, anticontest clause, and forfeiture clause.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


no-contest clause
Language in a will that provides that a person who makes a legal challenge to the will's validity will be disinherited.

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  • no contest clause — n: a clause inserted in a will that causes a legacy to be forfeited if the legatee challenges the will by bringing a will contest Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • no contest clause — Provision in a will to the effect that the legacy or devise is given on condition that no action is taken to contest the will; and if such action is initiated, the legacy or devise is forfeited. See also non contestability clause …   Black's law dictionary

  • no contest clause — Provision in a will to the effect that the legacy or devise is given on condition that no action is taken to contest the will; and if such action is initiated, the legacy or devise is forfeited. See also non contestability clause …   Black's law dictionary

  • contest — con·test 1 /kən test/ vt: to dispute or challenge through legal procedures contest a will con·test 2 / kän ˌtest/ n: a challenge brought through formal or legal procedures boundary controversies or other contest s between states Felix… …   Law dictionary

  • contest — To assert a defense to an adverse claim in a court proceeding. To oppose, resist, or dispute the case made by a plaintiff or prosecutor. To strive to win or hold. To controvert, litigate, call in question, challenge. To defend, as a suit or other …   Black's law dictionary

  • contest — To assert a defense to an adverse claim in a court proceeding. To oppose, resist, or dispute the case made by a plaintiff or prosecutor. To strive to win or hold. To controvert, litigate, call in question, challenge. To defend, as a suit or other …   Black's law dictionary

  • contest — Noun: An attempt to defeat the probate of an instrument offered as a will, being inclusive of resistance to probate and an action or proceeding to set aside probate. 57 Am J1st Wills § 743; a technical term for a proceeding to cancel or defeat an …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Will contest — Wills, trusts and estates …   Wikipedia

  • will contest — n: a dispute or proceeding (as a trial) begun by one who objects to probate of a will on the ground that it is invalid see also no contest clause ◇ The party who contests the will has the burden of proof, and the personal representative of the… …   Law dictionary

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