(a) The provisions of sections 45a-578 to 45a-585, inclusive, shall be liberally construed to promote their underlying purpose and policy of readily permitting the disclaimer of interests.

Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 45a-578

  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Fiduciary: A trustee, executor, or administrator.

(b) As used in said sections, (1) the term “nontestamentary instrument” includes, but is not limited to, a trust other than a trust created under a will, an annuity, a policy of life, health or accident insurance, a bank account or any contract or other document naming another party as beneficiary thereof whether such beneficiary takes by survivorship, payment on death or outright grant, but does not include a will; (2) the term “interest” means any interest in property, real or personal, including any power whether granted by instrument or by law, even if held in a fiduciary capacity; (3) the term “will” includes all codicils thereto; and (4) the terms “joint tenancy”, “joint tenant” and “joint tenants” have the same meaning and effect as provided in sections 47-14a to 47-14k, inclusive.

(c) A disclaimer which complies with the requirements of said sections is irrevocable.