LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES AND ANNUITY CONTRACTS
41-1956. Disclosure to Owner Upon Application. With each application for a life settlement contract, a life settlement provider or life settlement broker shall provide the owner with at least the following disclosures no later than the time the application for the life settlement contract is signed by all parties. The disclosures shall be provided in a separate document that is signed by the owner and the life settlement provider or life settlement broker, and shall provide the following information:
(1) There are possible alternatives to life settlement contracts including any accelerated death benefits or policy loans offered under the owner’s life insurance policy.
(2) That a life settlement broker represents exclusively the owner, and not the insurer or the life settlement provider, and owes a fiduciary duty to the owner, including a duty to act according to the owner’s instructions and in the best interest of the owner.
(3) Some or all of the proceeds of the life settlement may be taxable under federal and state law, and assistance should be sought from a professional tax advisor.
(4) Proceeds of the life settlement could be subject to the claims of creditors.
(5) Receipt of the proceeds of a life settlement may adversely affect the owner’s eligibility for medicaid or other government benefits or entitlements, and advice should be obtained from the appropriate government agencies.
(6) The owner has the right to rescind a life settlement contract within twenty (20) days of the date it is executed by all parties. Rescission, if exercised by the owner, is effective only if both notice of the rescission is given, and the owner repays all proceeds and any premiums, loans and loan interest paid on account of the life settlement contract within the rescission period. If the insured dies during the rescission period, the life settlement contract shall be deemed to have been rescinded, subject to repayment by the owner or the owner’s estate of all life settlement proceeds and any premiums, loans and loan interest.
(7) Funds will be sent to the owner within three (3) business days after the life settlement provider has received the insurer or group administrator’s written acknowledgment that ownership of the policy or interest in the certificate has been transferred and the beneficiary has been designated.
(8) Entering into a life settlement contract may cause other rights or benefits, including conversion rights and waiver of premium benefits that may exist under the policy or certificate, to be forfeited by the owner. Assistance should be sought from a financial adviser.
(9) Disclosure to an owner shall include distribution of a brochure describing the process of life settlements. The national association of insurance commissioners (NAIC) form for the brochure shall be used unless another form is developed or approved by the director.
(10) The disclosure document shall contain the following language: "All medical, financial or personal information solicited or obtained by a life settlement provider or life settlement broker about an insured, including the insured’s identity or the identity of family members, a spouse or a significant other may be disclosed as necessary to effect the life settlement between the owner and the life settlement provider. If you are asked to provide this information, you will be asked to consent to the disclosure. The information may be provided to someone who buys the policy or provides funds for the purchase. You may be asked to renew your permission to share information every two (2) years."
(11) Following execution of a life settlement contract, the insured may be contacted for the purpose of determining the insured’s health status and to confirm the insured’s residential or business street address and telephone number, or as otherwise provided in sections 41-1950 through 41-1965, Idaho Code. This contact shall be limited to once every three (3) months if the insured has a life expectancy of more than one (1) year, and no more than once per month if the insured has a life expectancy of one (1) year or less. All such contacts shall be made only by a life settlement provider licensed in the state in which the owner resided at the time of the life settlement, or by the authorized representative of a duly licensed life settlement provider.
[41-1956, added 2009, ch. 69, sec. 1, p. 198.]