person or other legal entity who receives money or other benefits from a benefactor

A beneficiary is someone who gets money or other things from somebody else.[1] For example, in a life insurance policy the beneficiary gets the money after the insured person dies.[2] A beneficiary can also be the person chosen in someone's will.[3] The person or group who gives the money is called the benefactor.[4] In Trust law the beneficiary is the person who receives property from a trustee.[5]


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  5. Larson, Aaron (4 May 2017). "What is a Trust and Why You May Need One". ExpertLaw. Retrieved 24 July 2017.