This excerpt taken from the DTV 10-K filed Mar 1, 2005.
Beneficiary. Each Participant shall have the right, at any time, to designate his or her Beneficiary(ies) (both primary as well as contingent) to receive any benefits
payable under the Plan to a beneficiary upon the death of a Participant. The Beneficiary designated under this Plan may be the same as or different from the Beneficiary designation under any other plan of an Employer in which the Participant
Beneficiary Designation; Change; Spousal Consent. A Participant shall designate his or her Beneficiary by completing and signing the Beneficiary Designation Form, and
returning it to the Committee or its designated agent. A Participant shall have the right to change a Beneficiary by completing, signing and otherwise complying with the terms of the Beneficiary Designation Form and the Committees rules and
procedures, as in effect from time to time. If the Participant names someone other than his or her spouse as a Beneficiary, a spousal consent, in the form designated by the Committee, must be signed by that Participants spouse and returned to
the Committee. Upon the acceptance by the Committee of a new Beneficiary Designation Form, all Beneficiary designations previously filed shall be canceled. The Committee shall rely on the last Beneficiary Designation Form filed by the Participant
and accepted by the Committee prior to his or her death.
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Acknowledgment. No designation or change in designation of a Beneficiary shall be effective until received and acknowledged in writing by the Committee or its
No Beneficiary Designation. If a Participant fails to designate a Beneficiary as provided in Sections 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 above or, if all designated Beneficiaries
predecease the Participant or die prior to complete distribution of the Participants benefits, then the Participants designated Beneficiary shall be deemed to be his or her surviving spouse. If the Participant has no surviving spouse,
the benefits remaining under the Plan to be paid to a Beneficiary shall be payable to the executor or personal representative of the Participants estate.
Dissolution of Marriage. Upon the dissolution of marriage of a Participant, any designation of the Participants former spouse as a Beneficiary shall be treated
as though the Participants former spouse had predeceased the Participant, unless (i) the Participant executes another Beneficiary designation that complies with Section 9.2 and that clearly names such former spouse as a Beneficiary, or (ii) a
court order presented to the Committee prior to distribution on behalf of the Participant explicitly requires the Participant to continue to maintain the former spouse as the Beneficiary. In any case in which the Participants former spouse is
treated under the Participants Beneficiary Designation as having predeceased the Participant, no heirs or other beneficiaries of the former spouse shall receive benefits from the Plan as a Beneficiary of the Participant except as provided
otherwise in the Participants Beneficiary Designation.
Doubt as to Beneficiary. If the Committee has any doubt as to the proper Beneficiary to receive payments pursuant to this Plan, the Committee shall have the right,
exercisable in its discretion, to cause the Participants Employer to withhold such payments until this matter is resolved to the Committees satisfaction.
Discharge of Obligations. The payment of benefits under the Plan to a Beneficiary shall fully and completely discharge all Employers and the Committee from all further
obligations under this Plan with respect to the Participant, and that Participants Plan Agreement shall terminate upon such full payment of benefits.