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Subchapter 005B : LIFE SETTLEMENTS(Cite as: 8 V.S.A. § 3845)
§ 3845. Prohibited practices and conflicts of interest
(a) With respect to any life settlement contract or insurance policy, no life settlement broker shall solicit an offer from, effectuate a life settlement with, or make a sale to any life settlement provider, financing entity, or related provider trust that is controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such life settlement broker.
(b) No broker shall have a financial relationship or affiliation with a life settlement provider unless the broker fully discloses such relationship or affiliation. A broker shall not participate in or form a financial arrangement or affiliation with a life settlement provider if such arrangement or affiliation conflicts with the broker’s fiduciary duty to the policy owner.
(c) With respect to any life settlement contract or insurance policy, no life settlement provider shall knowingly enter into a life settlement contract with a policy owner if, in connection with such life settlement contract, anything of value will be paid to a life settlement broker that is controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such life settlement provider, the life settlement purchaser, life settlement investment agent, a financing entity, or a related provider trust that is involved in such life settlement contract.
(d) A violation of subsection (a), (b), or (c) of this section shall be deemed a fraudulent life settlement act.
(e) No life settlement provider shall enter into a life settlement contract unless the life settlement promotional, advertising, and marketing materials, as may be prescribed by regulation, have been filed with the Commissioner. In no event shall any marketing materials expressly reference that the insurance is “free” for any period of time. The inclusion of any reference in the marketing materials that would cause a policy owner to reasonably believe that the insurance is free for any period of time shall be considered a violation of this subchapter.
(f) No life insurance producer, insurance company, life settlement broker, or life settlement provider shall make any statement or representation to the applicant or policyholder in connection with the sale or financing of a life insurance policy to the effect that the insurance is free or without cost to the policyholder for any period of time unless provided in the policy. (Added 2009, No. 53, § 1, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.)