Colonial pays cash for structured settlements!

Connecticut statues regarding Structured Settlements.

This state statute overseeing the sale of structured settlement payments and the buying of annuities is not exactly the Model Act but complies with Federal Law (Colonial's interpretation)


Current through 6-5-02

52-225f. Transfer of structured settlement payment rights. Court approval required

(a) For purposes of this section:

(1) "Annuity issuer" means an insurer that has issued any insurance contract used to fund
periodic payments under a structured settlement;

(2) "Expenses" means all broker's commissions, service charges, application or processing fees,
closing costs, filing or administrative charges, legal fees, notary fees and other commissions,
fees, costs and charges payable by the payee in connection with the proposed transfer or
deductible from the gross consideration that would be paid to the payee in connection with the

(3) "Interested parties" means, with respect to any structured settlement, the payee, any
beneficiary designated to receive payments following the payee's death or, if the designated
beneficiary is a minor, the designated beneficiary's parent or guardian, the annuity issuer and the
structured settlement obligor;

(4) "Payee" means an individual who is receiving payments under a structured settlement and
proposes to make a transfer of payment rights thereunder;

(5) "Structured settlement" means an arrangement for periodic payment of damages established
by settlement or judgment in resolution of a tort claim or for periodic payments in settlement of a
workers' compensation claim;

(6) "Structured settlement obligor" means, with respect to any structured settlement, the party
that has the continuing periodic payment obligation to the payee under a structured settlement
agreement or under an agreement providing for a qualified assignment within the meaning of
Section 130 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, [FN1] or any subsequent corresponding
internal revenue code of the United States, as from time to time amended;

(7) "Structured settlement payment rights" means rights to receive periodic payments, including
lump sum payments, under a structured settlement, whether from the settlement obligor or the
annuity issuer;

(8) "Transfer" means any sale, assignment, pledge, hypothecation or other form of alienation or
encumbrance made for consideration;

(9) "Transfer agreement" means the agreement providing for transfer of structured settlement
payment rights from a payee to a transferee; and

(10) "Transferee" means any person receiving structured settlement payment rights resulting from a transfer.

(b) No transfer of structured settlement payment rights, either directly or indirectly, shall be
effective by any payee domiciled in this state or by any payee entitled to receive payments under
a structured settlement funded by an insurance contract issued by an insurer domiciled in this
state or owned by an insurer or corporation domiciled in this state and no structured settlement
obligor or annuity issuer shall be required to make any payment directly or indirectly to any
transferee of any such transfer unless (1) not less than ten days prior to the date on which the
payee entered into the transfer agreement, the transferee provided to the payee a written
disclosure statement setting forth (A) the amounts and due dates of the structured settlement
payments to be transferred; (B) the aggregate amount of the payments; (C) the gross amount of
all expenses; (D) the amount payable to the payee, net of all expenses, in exchange for the
payments; (E) the discounted present value of all structured settlement payments to be
transferred and the discount rate used in determining such discounted present value; and (F) a
statement that the payee may be subject to adverse federal and state income tax consequences as
a result of the proposed transfer; and (2) such transfer has been approved by a court pursuant to
subsection (c) of this section.

(c)(1) Prior to any transfer, the payee entitled to receive payments under such structured
settlement shall commence a declaratory judgment action under section 52-29 for a
determination as to whether the transfer of such structured settlement payment rights is in the
best interests of the payee and is fair and reasonable to all interested parties under all of the
circumstances then existing. The annuity issuer and the structured settlement obligor shall be
made parties to such action. If the court determines, after hearing, that such transfer should be
allowed, it shall approve such transfer upon such terms and conditions as it deems appropriate.

(2) The court in which the original action was or could have been filed or the court which has
jurisdiction where the applicant resides shall have jurisdiction over any such action.

(3) The payee shall cause notice of the action to be served on all interested parties by a proper
officer or other person lawfully empowered to make service. The notice of the action shall
include (A) a copy of the payee's application to the court for approval of the transfer (B) a copy
of the disclosure statement required under subsection (b) of this section and (C) notice of the

(4) The payee may seek an order setting the deadline for the filing of written objections. The
payee shall give notice to all interested parties of the deadline for filing objections whether such
deadline has been established by court order or by operation of the general statutes or court rule.
Notice shall be mailed to all interested parties at least ten days before such deadline.

(5) The court shall hold a hearing on the application. The payee shall give notice of the hearing
to all interested parties.

(d) Nothing contained in this section shall imply that any transfer under a transfer agreement
dated prior to October 1, 1998, is binding upon any interested party or that any annuity issuer or
structured settlement obligor is under any obligation to make transferred payments to the
transferee of any such prior transfer.

(e) The provisions of this section may not be waived.