It’s a Mistake! Correcting Scrivener’s Errors in Insurance Contracts

December 30, 2015

People make mistakes. Even drafters of insurance policies make them. This is not surprising because the preparation of insurance policies and endorsements often involves various steps—drafting, revising, and editing—each of which provides an opportunity for a scrivener’s error. Generally speaking, a scrivener’s error is an unintentional mistake in the drafting of a contract. Examples include typing an incorrect word, number, or letter, or omitting a word or words or even an entire provision of the contract.

Originally published in The Brief, Volume 44, Number 3, Spring 2015. © 2015 American Bar Association.

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Scott G. Johnson


Chair, Minneapolis Insurance Group

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