2015 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 45a - Probate Courts and Procedure
Chapter 802b - Decedents’ Estates
Section 45a-440 - (Formerly Sec. 45-287). Simultaneous death; disposition of property.

CT Gen Stat § 45a-440 (2015) What's This?

(a) When no sufficient evidence of survivorship. When the title to property or the devolution thereof depends upon priority of death and there is no sufficient evidence that the persons have died otherwise than simultaneously, the property of each person shall be disposed of as if he had survived, except as provided otherwise in this section.

(b) Successive beneficiaries. When two or more beneficiaries are designated to take successively by reason of survivorship under another person’s disposition of property and there is no sufficient evidence that such beneficiaries have died otherwise than simultaneously, the property thus disposed of shall be divided into as many equal portions as there are successive beneficiaries and such portions shall be distributed respectively to those who would have taken in the event that each designated beneficiary had survived.

(c) Joint tenants. When there is no sufficient evidence that two joint tenants have died otherwise than simultaneously, the property so held shall be distributed one-half as if one had survived and one-half as if the other had survived. If there are more than two joint tenants and all of them have so died, the property thus distributed shall be in the proportion that one bears to the whole number of joint tenants.

(d) Life or accident insurance. When the insured and the beneficiary in a policy of life or accident insurance have died and there is no sufficient evidence that they have died otherwise than simultaneously, the proceeds of the policy shall be distributed as if the insured had survived the beneficiary.

(e) Applicability. This section shall not apply to the distribution of the property of a person who died before October 1, 1943, and shall not apply in the case of wills, living trusts, deeds or contracts of insurance wherein provision had been made for distribution of property otherwise than as provided by this section.

(1949 Rev., S. 7070.)

History: Sec. 45-287 transferred to Sec. 45a-440 in 1991.

Annotations to former section 45-287:

Cited. 16 CS 442. Proceeds paid to estate of beneficiary who died in a common disaster with insured may be recovered by estate of insured. 20 CS 355.

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