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Definition of "Interpleader"

Rebecca Askins
  Coldwell Banker

Legal procedure through which a court determines the rightful claimant (of two or more claimants making the same claim) against a third party. Insurance companies use interpleader if claims are made by different parties. For example, upon the death of an insured, two or more individuals (such as the widow and a former wife) may contest the beneficiary's rights. The insurance company will deposit the policy proceeds with the court until it decides on the ownership.

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