Section 626.9911, Florida Statutes 2001
626.9911 Definitions.--As used in this act, the term:
(1) "Department" means the Department of Insurance.
(2) "Independent third-party trustee or escrow agent" means an attorney, certified public accountant, financial institution, or other person providing escrow services under the authority of a regulatory body. The term does not include any person associated, affiliated, or under common control with a viatical settlement provider or viatical settlement broker.
(3) "Person" has the meaning specified in s. 1.01.
(4) "Viatical settlement broker" means a person who, on behalf of a viator and for a fee, commission, or other valuable consideration, offers or attempts to negotiate viatical settlement contracts between a viator resident in this state and one or more viatical settlement providers. Notwithstanding the manner in which the viatical settlement broker is compensated, a viatical settlement broker is deemed to represent only the viator and owes a fiduciary duty to the viator to act according to the viator's instructions and in the best interest of the viator. The term does not include an attorney, licensed Certified Public Accountant, or investment adviser lawfully registered with the Department of Banking and Finance under chapter 517, who is retained to represent the viator and whose compensation is paid directly by or at the direction and on behalf of the viator.
(5) "Viatical settlement contract" means a written agreement entered into between a viatical settlement provider, or its related provider trust, and a viator. The viatical settlement contract includes an agreement to transfer ownership or change the beneficiary designation of a life insurance policy at a later date, regardless of the date that compensation is paid to the viator. The agreement must establish the terms under which the viatical settlement provider will pay compensation or anything of value, which compensation or value is less than the expected death benefit of the insurance policy or certificate, in return for the viator's assignment, transfer, sale, devise, or bequest of the death benefit or ownership of all or a portion of the insurance policy or certificate of insurance to the viatical settlement provider. A viatical settlement contract also includes a contract for a loan or other financial transaction secured primarily by an individual or group life insurance policy, other than a loan by a life insurance company pursuant to the terms of the life insurance contract, or a loan secured by the cash value of a policy.
(6) "Viatical settlement provider" means a person who, in this state, from this state, or with a resident of this state, effectuates a viatical settlement contract. The term does not include:
(a) Any bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or other licensed lending institution that takes an assignment of a life insurance policy as collateral for a loan;
(b) A life and health insurer that has lawfully issued a life insurance policy that provides accelerated benefits to terminally ill policyholders or certificateholders; or
(c) Any natural person who enters into no more than one viatical settlement contract with a viator in 1 calendar year, unless such natural person has previously been licensed under this act or is currently licensed under this act.
(d) A trust that meets the definition of a "related provider trust."
(e) A viator in this state.
(f) A viatical settlement purchaser.
(g) A financing entity.
(7) "Viator" means the owner of a life insurance policy or a certificateholder under a group policy who enters or seeks to enter into a viatical settlement contract. This term does not include a viatical settlement purchaser or a viatical settlement provider or any person acquiring a policy or interest in a policy from a viatical settlement provider, nor does it include an independent third-party trustee or escrow agent.
(8) "Related provider trust" means a titling trust or other trust established by a licensed viatical settlement provider or financing entity for the sole purpose of holding the ownership or beneficial interest in purchased policies in connection with a financing transaction. The trust must have a written agreement with a licensed viatical settlement provider or financing entity under which the licensed viatical settlement provider or financing entity is responsible for insuring compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements and under which the trust agrees to make all records and files relating to viatical settlement transactions available to the department as if those records and files were maintained directly by the licensed viatical settlement provider. This term does not include an independent third-party trustee or escrow agent or a trust that does not enter into agreements with a viator. A related provider trust shall be subject to all provisions of this act that apply to the viatical settlement provider who established the related provider trust, except s. 626.9912, which shall not be applicable. A viatical settlement provider may establish no more than one related provider trust, and the sole trustee of such related provider trust shall be the viatical settlement provider licensed under s. 626.9912. The name of the licensed viatical settlement provider shall be included within the name of the related provider trust.
(9) "Viatical settlement purchase agreement" means a contract or agreement, entered into by a viatical settlement purchaser, to which the viator is not a party, to purchase a life insurance policy or an interest in a life insurance policy, which is entered into for the purpose of deriving an economic benefit. The term also includes purchases made by viatical settlement purchasers from any person other than the provider who effectuated the viatical settlement contract.
(10) "Viatical settlement purchaser" means a person who gives a sum of money as consideration for a life insurance policy or an equitable or legal interest in the death benefits of a life insurance policy that has been or will be the subject of a viatical settlement contract, for the purpose of deriving an economic benefit, including purchases made from any person other than the provider who effectuated the viatical settlement contract or an entity affiliated with the provider. The term does not include a licensee under this part, an accredited investor as defined in Rule 501, Regulation D of the Securities Act Rules, or a qualified institutional buyer as defined by Rule 144(a) of the Federal Securities Act, a special purpose entity, a financing entity, or a contingency insurer. The above references to Rule 501, Regulation D and Rule 144(a) of the Federal Securities Act are used strictly for defining purposes and shall not be interpreted in any other manner. Any person who claims to be an accredited investor shall sign an affidavit stating that he or she is an accredited investor, the basis of that claim, and that he or she understands that as an accredited investor he or she will not be entitled to certain protections of the Viatical Settlement Act. This affidavit must be kept with other documents required to be maintained by this act.
(11) "Viatical settlement sales agent" means a person other than a licensed viatical settlement provider who arranges the purchase through a viatical settlement purchase agreement of a life insurance policy or an interest in a life insurance policy.
(12) "Viaticated policy" means a life insurance policy, or a certificate under a group policy, which is the subject of a viatical settlement contract.
(13) "Related form" means any form, created by or on behalf of a licensee, which a viator or viatical settlement purchaser is required to sign or initial. The forms include, but are not limited to, a power of attorney, a release of medical information form, a suitability questionnaire, a disclosure document, or any addendum, schedule, or amendment to a viatical settlement contract or viatical settlement purchase agreement considered necessary by a provider to effectuate a viatical settlement transaction.
(14) "Special purpose entity" means an entity established by a licensed viatical settlement provider or by a financing entity, which may be a corporation, partnership, trust, limited liability company, or other similar entity formed solely to provide, either directly or indirectly, access to institutional capital markets to a viatical settlement provider or financing entity. A special purpose entity shall not enter into a viatical settlement contract or a viatical settlement purchase agreement.
(15) "Financing entity" means an underwriter, placement agent, lender, purchaser of securities, or purchaser of a policy or certificate from a viatical settlement provider, credit enhancer, or any entity that has direct ownership in a policy or certificate that is the subject of a viatical settlement contract, but whose principal activity related to the transaction is providing funds or credit enhancement to effect the viatical settlement or the purchase of one or more viatical policies and who has an agreement in writing with one or more licensed viatical settlement providers to finance the acquisition of viatical settlement contracts. The term does not include a nonaccredited investor, a viatical settlement purchaser, or other natural person. A financing entity may not enter into a viatical settlement contract.
History.--s. 2, ch. 96-336; s. 22, ch. 97-93; s. 1, ch. 98-164; s. 1, ch. 99-212; s. 1, ch. 2000-344; s. 52, ch. 2001-63; s. 1, ch. 2001-207; s. 1, ch. 2001-247.