Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 13. Viatical Settlements

Disclosure Of Information To Policyholder

33-20-1311. Disclosure of information to policyholder. A viatical settlement provider shall disclose the information specified in this section to the policyholder or certificate holder entering the viatical settlement contract prior to the date on which the viatical settlement contract is signed by all parties. The disclosure must be in the form approved by the commissioner. The information must include the following:

(1) possible alternatives to viatical settlement contracts for persons with terminal illnesses or conditions, including but not limited to accelerated benefits offered by the issuer of the life insurance policy;

(2) the fact that some or all of the proceeds of the viatical settlement may be taxable and that assistance should be sought from a personal tax adviser. Viatical settlement brokers, viatical settlement providers, or their respective employees or agents may not act as personal tax advisers for purposes of this disclosure requirement.

(3) the fact that the viatical settlement could be subject to the claims of creditors;

(4) the fact that receipt of a viatical settlement may adversely affect the recipient's eligibility for medicaid or other government benefits or entitlement and that advice should be obtained from the appropriate agencies;

(5) the right of a policyholder or certificate holder to rescind a viatical settlement contract as provided in 33-20-1308. The disclosure must state the deadlines for rescission and the return of proceeds received.

(6) the date by which the funds will be available to the policyholder or certificate holder and the source of the funds; and

(7) the fact that the viatical settlement contract is void if the viatical settlement provider or viatical settlement broker fails to tender payment of the proceeds as provided in the viatical settlement contract.

History: En. Sec. 11, Ch. 298, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 3, Ch. 295, L. 2001.