Definition - What does Voidable Contract mean?
A voidable contract, in the context of insurance, is a valid insurance contract that can be rendered void. In contrast to a void contract, it has the same legal effect and force as a valid contract.
Insuranceopedia explains Voidable Contract
Insurance contracts are often voidable to protect the insurer. Insurance companies may repudiate a policy if the insured fails to pay their premiums, becomes a higher risk, or is found to have lied on their application. Similarly, a policyholder could also stop paying, thereby failing to meet the terms of the contract and voiding it. Other reasons that could make a contract voidable include the following:
- Non-disclosure of one or more material facts
- Misrepresentation or fraud
- Mistake on both sides i.e., a mutual mistake
- Lack of free will of a contracting party or undue influence
- One party's legal incapacity to enter a contract