Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Key-Man Insurance Definition:

Life insurance to protect a business upon the death of a key individual.

Somewhere, in beneath the trees of the Wilmington, North Carolina courthouse, circa 2007, Justice Rich Leonard rendered the court's decision in, well, In re Beneath The Trees, a bankruptcy case as Justice Leonard sat on the bench of the United States Bankruptcy Court:

"Key man insurance ... is to protect a business upon the death of an executive or key member."

In Augustine, Justice Cumming of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario of used these words:

"So-called key man insurance was put in place whereby each of (the partners) held a $1 million life insurance policy upon the life of the other, to facilitate the purchase of the deceased’s shares in the event of an untimely death of one partner."


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