Delayed Payment Clause

In Life Insurance, a clause deferring payment to the beneficiary for a specified period after the death of the insured with proceeds to be paid to contingent beneficiaries or the estate if the primary beneficiary does not survive the delay. It is used as one method of handling common-disaster situations, such as the death of the insured and the death of the primary beneficiary occurring in the same accident. The clause usually states that the beneficiary has to survive the death of the insured by a certain period of time in order to collect.