In the state of Illinois the law provides that the customer lives in the state, and must be approved by local court in state. Approval granted only if the transaction is in the customers best interest. There also exists a 3 day waiting period to protect the customer.
The Illinois Structured Settlement Protection Statute
215 ILCS 153, 153/1 et seq
House Bill 1410
Title: “An Act concerning structured settlements.”
Short title: Structured Settlement Protection Act.
Sec. 15. Approval of transfers of structured settlement payment rights.
No direct or indirect transfer of structured settlement payment rights shall be effective and no structured settlement obligor or annuity issuer shall be required to make any payment directly or indirectly to any transferee of structured settlement payment rights unless the transfer has been approved in advance in a final court order or order of a responsible administrative authority based on express findings by such court or responsible administrative authority that:
1) The transfer is in the best interest of the payee, taking into account the welfare and support of the payee's dependents;
2) The payee has been advised in writing by the transferee to seek independent professional advice regarding the transfer and has either received such advice or knowingly waived such advice in writing; and
3) The transfer does not contravene any applicable statute or the order of any court or other government authority.
Sec. 20. Effects of transfer of structured settlement payment rights.
Following a transfer of structured settlement payment rights under this Act:
(1) The structured settlement obligor and the annuity issuer shall, as to all parties except the transferee, be discharged and released from any and all liability for the transferred payments;
(2) The transferee shall be liable to the structured settlement obligor and the annuity issuer:
(A) If the transfer contravenes the terms of the structured settlement, for any taxes incurred by the parties as a consequence of the transfer; and
(B) For any other liabilities or costs, including reasonable costs and attorneys' fees, arising from compliance by the parties with the order of the court or responsible administrative authority or arising as a consequence of the transferee's failure to comply with this Act;
(3) Neither the annuity issuer nor the structured settlement obligor may be required to divide any periodic payment between the payee and any transferee or assignee or between 2 or more transferees or assignees; and
(4) Any further transfer of structured settlement payment rights by the payee may be made only after compliance with all of the requirements of this Act.
Sec. 25. Procedure for approval of transfers.
(b) No annuity issuer or structured settlement obligor may make payments on a structured settlement to anyone other than the payee or beneficiary of the payee without prior approval of the circuit court or responsible administrative authority. No payee or beneficiary of a payee of a structured settlement may assign in any manner the structured settlement payment rights without the prior approval of the circuit court or responsible administrative authority.
(c) An application under this Act for approval of a transfer of structured settlement payment rights shall be made by the transferee and shall be brought in the circuit court of the county in which an action was or could have been maintained or before any responsible administrative authority that approved the structured settlement agreement.
Sec. 30. General provisions; construction.
(a) The provisions of this Act may not be waived by any payee.
(b) Any transfer agreement entered into on or after the effective date of this Act by a payee who resides in this State shall provide that disputes under the transfer agreement, including any claim that the payee has breached the agreement, shall be determined in and under the laws of this State. No such transfer agreement shall authorize the transferee or any other party to confess judgment or consent to entry of judgment against the payee.
(c) No transfer of structured settlement payment rights shall extend to any payments that are life-contingent unless, prior to the date on which the payee signs the transfer agreement, the transferee has established and has agreed to maintain procedures reasonably satisfactory to the annuity issuer and the structured settlement obligor for (1) periodically confirming the payee's survival, and (2) giving the annuity issuer and the structured settlement obligor prompt written notice in the event of the payee's death.
(d) No payee who proposes to make a transfer of structured settlement payment rights shall incur any penalty, forfeit any application fee or other payment, or otherwise incur any liability to the proposed transferee or any assignee based on any failure of the transfer to satisfy the conditions of this Act.
(e) Nothing contained in this Act shall be construed to authorize any transfer of structured settlement payment rights in contravention of any law or to imply that any transfer under a transfer agreement entered into prior to the effective date of this Act is valid or invalid.
(f) Compliance with the requirements set forth in Section 10 of this Act and fulfillment of the conditions set forth in Section 15 of this Act shall be solely the responsibility of the transferee in any transfer of structured settlement payment rights, and neither the structured settlement obligor nor the annuity issuer shall bear any responsibility for, or any liability arising from, non-compliance with those requirements or failure to fulfill those conditions.
Sec. 35. Applicability.
This Act shall apply to any transfer of structured settlement payment rights under a transfer agreement entered into on or after the 30th day after the effective date of this Act; provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall imply that any transfer under a transfer agreement reached prior to that date is either effective or ineffective.
Sec. 5. Definitions.
For purposes of this Act:
"Annuity issuer" means an insurer that has issued a contract to fund periodic payments under a structured settlement.
"Dependents" include a payee's spouse and minor children and all other persons for whom the payee is legally obligated to provide support, including maintenance.
"Discounted present value" means the present value of future payments determined by discounting such payments to the present using the most recently published Applicable Federal Rate for determining the present value of an annuity, as issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
"Gross advance amount" means the sum payable to the payee or for the payee's account as consideration for a transfer of structured settlement payment rights before any reductions for transfer expenses or other deductions to be made from such consideration.
"Independent professional advice" means advice of an attorney, certified public accountant, actuary, or other licensed professional adviser.
"Interested parties" means, with respect to any structured settlement, the payee, any beneficiary irrevocably designated under the annuity contract to receive payments following the payee's death, the annuity issuer, the structured settlement obligor, and any other party that has continuing rights or obligations under such structured settlement.
"Net advance amount" means the gross advance amount less the aggregate amount of the actual and estimated transfer expenses required to be disclosed under item (5) of Section 10 of this Act.
"Payee" means an individual who is receiving tax-free payments under a structured settlement and proposes to make a transfer of payment rights there under.
"Periodic payments" includes both recurring payments and scheduled future lump sum payments.
"Qualified assignment agreement" means an agreement providing for a qualified assignment within the meaning of Section 130 of the United States Internal Revenue Code, United States Code Title 26, as amended from time to time.
"Responsible administrative authority" means, with respect to a structured settlement, any government authority vested by law with exclusive jurisdiction over the settled claim resolved by such structured settlement.
"Settled claim" means the original tort claim or workers' compensation claim resolved by a structured settlement.
"Structured settlement" means an arrangement for periodic payment of damages for personal injuries or sickness established by settlement or judgment in resolution of a tort claim or for periodic payments in settlement of a workers' compensation claim.
"Structured settlement agreement" means the agreement, judgment, stipulation, or release embodying the terms of a structured settlement.
"Structured settlement obligor" means, with respect to any structured settlement, the party that has the continuing obligation to make periodic payments to the payee under a structured settlement agreement or a qualified assignment agreement.
"Structured settlement payment rights" means rights to receive periodic payments under a structured settlement, whether from the structured settlement obligor or the annuity issuer, when:
(1) The payee is domiciled in, or the domicile or principal place of business of the structured settlement obligor or the annuity issuer is located in, this State;
(2) The structured settlement agreement was approved by a court or responsible administrative authority in this State; or
(3) The structured settlement agreement is expressly governed by the laws of this State.
"Terms of the structured settlement" include, with respect to any structured settlement, the terms of the structured settlement agreement, the annuity contract, any qualified assignment agreement, and any order or other approval of any court or responsible administrative authority or other government authority that authorized or approved such structured settlement.
"Transfer" means any sale, assignment, pledge, hypothecation, or other alienation or encumbrance of structured settlement payment rights made by a payee for consideration; provided that the term "transfer" does not include the creation or perfection of a security interest in structured settlement payment rights under a blanket security agreement entered into with an insured depository institution in the absence of any action to redirect the structured settlement payments to such insured depository institution or an agent or successor in interest thereof or otherwise to enforce such blanket security interest against the structured settlement payment rights.
"Transfer agreement" means the agreement providing for a transfer of structured settlement payment rights.
"Transfer expenses" means all expenses of a transfer that are required under the transfer agreement to be paid by the payee or deducted from the gross advance amount, including, without limitation, court filing fees, attorneys fees, escrow fees, lien recordation fees, judgment and lien search fees, finders' fees, commissions, and other payments to a broker or other intermediary; "transfer expenses" do not include preexisting obligations of the payee payable for the payee's account from the proceeds of a transfer.
"Transferee" means a party acquiring or proposing to acquire structured settlement payment rights through a transfer.
Sec. 10. Required disclosures to payee.
Not less than 3 days prior to the date on which a payee signs a transfer agreement, the transferee shall provide to the payee a separate disclosure statement, in bold type no smaller than 14 points, setting forth all of the following:
(1) The amounts and due dates of the structured settlement payments to be transferred;
(2) The aggregate amount of the payments;
(3) The discounted present value of the payments to be transferred, which shall be identified as the "calculation of current value of the transferred structured settlement payments under federal standards for valuing annuities", and the amount of the Applicable Federal Rate used in calculating the discounted present value;
(4) The gross advance amount;
(5) An itemized listing of all applicable transfer expenses, other than attorneys' fees and related disbursements payable in connection with the transferee's application for approval of the transfer, and the transferee's best estimate of the amount of any such fees and disbursements;
(6) The net advance amount;
(7) The amount of any penalties or liquidated damages payable by the payee in the event of any breach of the transfer agreement by the payee; and
(8) A statement that the payee has the right to cancel the transfer agreement, without penalty or further obligation, not later than the third business day after the date the agreement is signed by the payee
Sec. 531.03. Coverage and limitations.
(1) This Article shall provide coverage for the policies and contracts specified in paragraph (2) of this Section:
(a) To persons who, regardless of where they reside (except for non-resident certificate holders under group policies or contracts), are the beneficiaries, assignees or payees of the persons covered under subparagraph (1)(b), and
(b) To persons who are owners of or certificate holders under such policies or contracts; or, in the case of unallocated annuity contracts, to the persons who are the contract holders, and who
(i) Are residents of this State, or
(ii) Are not residents, but only under all of the following conditions:
(A) The insurers which issued such policies or contracts are domiciled in this State;
(B) Such insurers never held a license or certificate of authority in the states in which such persons reside;
(C) Such states have associations similar to the association created by this Act; and
(D) Such persons are not eligible for coverage by such associations.
(a) This Article shall provide coverage to the persons specified in paragraph (l) of this Section for direct, (i) non group life, health, annuity and supplemental policies, or contracts, (ii) for certificates under direct group policies or contracts, (iii) for unallocated annuity contracts and (iv) for contracts to furnish health care services and subscription certificates for medical or health care services issued by persons licensed to transact insurance business in this State under the Illinois Insurance Code. Annuity contracts and certificates under group annuity contracts include but are not limited to guaranteed investment contracts, deposit administration contracts, unallocated funding agreements, allocated funding agreements, structured settlement agreements, lottery contracts and any immediate or deferred annuity contracts.
(b) This Article shall not provide coverage for:
(i) That portion or part of such policies or contracts under which the risk is borne by the policyholder; provided however, that nothing in this subparagraph (i) shall make this Article inapplicable to assessment life and accident and health insurance policies or contracts; or
(ii) Any such policy or contract or part thereof assumed by the impaired or insolvent insurer under a contract of reinsurance, other than reinsurance for which assumption certificates have been issued; or
(iii) Any portion of a policy or contract to the extent such portion represents an accrued value that the rate of interest on which it is accrued
(A) Averaged over the period of four years prior to the date on which the Association becomes obligated with respect to such policy or contract, exceeds a rate of interest determined by subtracting two percentage points from Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average averaged for that same four year period or for such lesser period if the policy or contract was issued less than four years before the Association became obligated; and
(B) On and after the date on which the Association becomes obligated with respect to such policy or contract, exceeds the rate of interest determined by subtracting three percentage points from Moody's Corporate Bond Yield Average as most recently available; or
(iv) Any unallocated annuity contract issued to an employee benefit plan protected under the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation; or
(v) Any portion of any unallocated annuity contract which is not issued to or in connection with a specific employee, union or association of natural persons benefit plan or a government lottery; or
(vi) Any burial society organized under Article XIX of this Act, any fraternal benefit society organized under Article XVII of this Act, any mutual benefit association organized under Article XVIII of this Act, and any foreign fraternal benefit society licensed under Article VI of this Act; or
(vii) Any health maintenance organization established pursuant to the Health Maintenance Organization Act including any health maintenance organization business of a member insurer; or
(viii) Any health services plan corporation established pursuant to the Voluntary Health Services Plans Act; or
(ix) (blank); or
(x) Any dental service plan corporation established pursuant to the Dental Service Plan Act; or
(xi) Any stop-loss insurance, as defined in clause (b) of Class 1 or clause (a) of Class 2 of Section 4, and further defined in subsection (d) of Section 352; or
(xii) That portion or part of a variable life insurance or variable annuity contract not guaranteed by an insurer.
(3) The benefits for which the Association may become liable shall in no event exceed the lesser of:
(a) The contractual obligations for which the insurer is liable or would have been liable if it were not an impaired or insolvent insurer, or
(b) (i) With respect to any one life, regardless of the number of policies or contracts:
(A) $300,000 in life insurance death benefits, but not more than $100,000 in net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values for life insurance;
(B) $300,000 in health insurance benefits, including any net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values;
(C) $100,000 in the present value of annuity benefits, including net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values;
(ii.) With respect to each individual participating in a governmental retirement plan established under Section 401, 403(b) or 457 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code covered by an unallocated annuity contract or the beneficiaries of each such individual if deceased, in the aggregate, $100,000 in present value annuity benefits, including net cash surrender and net cash withdrawal values; provided, however, that in no event shall the Association be liable to expend more than $300,000 in the aggregate with respect to any one individual under subparagraph (1) and this subparagraph;
(iii.) With respect to any one contract holder covered by any unallocated annuity contract not included in subparagraph (3)(b)(ii) of this Section above, $5,000,000 in benefits, irrespective of the number of such contracts held by that contract holder.