Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Inurement Clause Definition:

A clause in a clegal document, such as a contract or will, that purports to extend the benefits of the document beyond the signatories.

Related Terms: Inure

John Bouvier's American law dictionary defined the term inurement as:

"Use, user, service to the use or benefit of a person."

An example of an inurement clause:

"This Agreement... shall enure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties hereto, and each of them, and their respective heirs, executors, administrators and assigns."1

Another example from a separation agreement, in plain langaue:

"This Agreement benefits and binds the parties and their respective personal representatives and assigns."2


  • Melbye, Key, and others, Family Law Agreements – Annotated Precedents (Vancouver: Continuing Legal Education Society, 2010; NOTE 2).
  • NOTE 1: example taken from ¶5 of Adams v. Adams Estate, 2001 ABQB 173


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