(1) After October 1, 2006, a person, other than a life agent licensed under this chapter, may not in this state, from this state, or with a resident of this state perform the functions of a viatical settlement broker.
(2) Before performing the functions of a viatical settlement broker, a life agent shall appoint himself or herself with the department and pay applicable fees pursuant to s. 624.501(7)(a).
(3) Each natural person who on July 1, 2005, held a viatical settlement broker’s license and self-appointment may, upon obtaining a life agent license on or before October 1, 2006, transfer an existing broker self-appointment to such license.
(4) All viatical settlement broker licenses shall terminate on October 1, 2006, and shall not be subject to continuation or renewal.
(5) Notwithstanding the manner in which the viatical settlement broker is compensated, he or she 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.
(6) The compensation received by a life agent for activities performed as a viatical settlement broker may not be divided or shared with another person unless such other person is a life agent licensed under this chapter and appointed as provided in this part.