ORS 744.367¹
Limitations on ability to enter life settlement contract
  • exceptions

(1) A person may not enter into a life settlement contract at any time prior to the application or issuance of a policy that is the subject of a life settlement contract or within a five-year period commencing with the date of issuance of the insurance policy or certificate. However, this five-year restriction does not apply if the owner certifies to the life settlement provider that any one or more of the following conditions has been met within the five-year period:

(a) The policy was issued upon the owner’s exercise of conversion rights arising out of a group or individual policy if the total of the time covered under the conversion policy plus the time covered under the prior policy is at least 60 months. The time covered under a group policy is calculated without regard to any change in insurance carriers, provided the coverage has been continuous and under the same group sponsorship;

(b) The owner submits independent evidence to the life settlement provider that one or more of the following conditions have been met within the five-year period:

(A) The owner or insured is terminally ill or chronically ill;

(B) The owner’s spouse dies;

(C) The owner divorces the owner’s spouse;

(D) The owner retires from full-time employment;

(E) The owner becomes physically or mentally disabled and a physician, naturopathic physician licensed under ORS chapter 685, physician assistant licensed under ORS 677.505 (Application of provisions governing physician assistants to other health professions) to 677.525 (Fees) or nurse practitioner licensed under ORS 678.375 (Nurse practitioners) to 678.390 (Authority of nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist to write prescriptions or dispense drugs) determines that the disability prevents the owner from maintaining full-time employment; or

(F) A final order, judgment or decree is entered by a court of competent jurisdiction, on the application of a creditor of the owner, adjudicating the owner bankrupt or insolvent, or approving a petition seeking reorganization of the owner or appointing a receiver, trustee or liquidator to all or a substantial part of the owner’s assets; or

(c) The owner enters into a life settlement contract more than two years after the date of issuance of a policy and, with respect to the policy, at all times prior to the date that is two years after policy issuance, the following conditions are met:

(A) Policy premiums have been funded exclusively with unencumbered assets, including an interest in the life insurance policy being financed only to the extent of its net cash surrender value, provided by, or full recourse liability incurred by, the insured or a person closely related to the insured by blood or law or a party having a lawful substantial economic interest in the continued life, health and bodily safety of the person insured, or a trust established primarily for the benefit of such parties;

(B) There is no agreement or understanding with any other person to guarantee any such liability or to purchase or stand ready to purchase the policy, including through an assumption or forgiveness of the loan; and

(C) Neither the insured nor the policy has been evaluated for settlement.

(2) Copies of the independent evidence described in subsection (1)(b) of this section and documents required by ORS 744.364 (Life settlement contract requirements) (1) must be submitted to the insurer when the life settlement provider or other party entering into a life settlement contract with an owner submits a request to the insurer for verification of coverage. The copies must be accompanied by a letter of attestation from the life settlement provider that the copies are true and correct copies of the documents received by the life settlement provider.

(3) If the life settlement provider submits to the insurer a copy of the owner’s or insured’s certification described in and the documents required by ORS 744.364 (Life settlement contract requirements) (1) when the provider submits a request to the insurer to effect the transfer of the policy or certificate to the life settlement provider, the copy conclusively establishes that the life settlement contract satisfies the requirements of this section and the insurer shall respond in a timely manner to the request.

(4) An insurer may not, as a condition of responding to a request for verification of coverage or effecting the transfer of a policy pursuant to a life settlement contract, require that the owner, insured, life settlement provider or life settlement broker sign any forms, disclosures, consent or waiver form that has not been expressly approved by the Director of the Department of Consumer and Business Services for use in connection with life settlement contracts in this state.

(5) Upon receipt of a properly completed request for a change of ownership or beneficiary of a policy, the insurer shall respond in writing within 30 calendar days with written acknowledgement confirming that the change has been effected or specifying the reasons why the requested change cannot be processed. The insurer may not unreasonably delay effecting change of ownership or beneficiary and may not otherwise seek to interfere with any life settlement contract lawfully entered into in this state. [2009 c.711 §14; 2014 c.45 §78; 2017 c.356 §99]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 744—Insurance Producers; Life Settlement Providers, Brokers and Contracts; Adjusters; Consultants; Third Party Administrators; Reinsurance Intermediaries; Limited Licenses, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors744.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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