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Delaware 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. It does allow the Attorney General involvement.
(Colonial's interpretation)

DELAWARE CODE ANNOTATED
TITLE 10. COURTS AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
PART IV. SPECIAL PROCEEDINGS

CHAPTER 66. STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

Copyright 1975-2001 by The State of Delaware. All rights reserved.

Current through 2001 Regular Session of the 141st General Assembly


6601 Conditions to 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
authorized in advance in a final order of a court of competent jurisdiction or responsible administrative
authority, based on express findings by such court or responsible administrative authority that:

(1) the transfer complies with the requirements of this chapter and will not contravene other
applicable law;

(2) not less than 10 days prior to the date on which the payee first incurred any obligation with respect
to the transfer, the transferee has provided to the payee a disclosure statement in bold type, no small than
14 points, setting forth:

     a. the amounts and due dates of the structured settlement payments to be transferred;

     b. the aggregate amount of such payments;

     c. the discounted present value of such payments, together with the discount rate used in
         determining such discounted present value;

     d. the gross amount payable to the payee in exchange for such payments;

     e. an itemized listing of all brokers' commissions, service charges, application fees, processing
         fees, closing costs, filing fees, administrative fees, legal fees, notary fees and other commissions, fees,
        costs, expenses and charges payable by the payee or deductible from the gross amount otherwise
        payable to the payee;

     f. the net amount payable to the payee after deduction of all commissions, fees, costs, expenses
        and charges described in subparagraph e. of this paragraph;

     g. the quotient (expressed as a percentage) obtained by dividing the net payment amount by the
         discounted present value of the payments; and

     h. the amount of any penalty and the aggregate amount of any liquidated damages (inclusive of
         penalties) payable by the payee in the event of any breach of the transfer agreement by the payee;

(3) The transfer is fair and reasonable and in the best interests of the payee and the payee's
dependents;

(4) The payee has received independent professional advice regarding the legal, tax and financial
implications of the transfer;

(5) If the transfer would contravene the terms of the structured settlement:

     a. The transfer has been expressly approved in writing by:

     1. Each interested party; provided, however, that the approval of the annuity issuer and the
structured settlement obligor shall not be required if all other interested parties approve the transfer
and waive any and all rights to require that the transferred payments be made to the payee in accordance
with the terms of the structured settlement; and

     2. Any court or government authority, other than the court or responsible administrative
authority from which authorization of the transfer is sought under this chapter, which previously
approved the structured settlement; and

     b. Signed originals of all approvals required under subparagraph a. of this paragraph have been
filed with the court or responsible administrative authority from which authorization of the transfer is
sought under this chapter, and originals or copies have been furnished to all interested parties; and

     (6) The transferee has given written notice of the transferee's name, address and taxpayer
identification number to the annuity issuer and the structured settlement obligor and has filed a copy of
such notice with the court or responsible administrative authority.


6602 Definitions.

The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this chapter, shall have the meanings ascribed to
them, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

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

(b) "Applicable law" shall mean:

     (1) The federal laws of the United States;

     (2) The laws of this State, including principles of equity applied in the courts of this State; and

     (3) The laws of any other jurisdiction:

     a. Which is the domicile of the payee or any other interested party;

     b. Under whose laws a structured settlement agreement was approved by a court; or

     c. In whose courts a settled claim was pending when the parties entered into a structured
         settlement agreement;

(c) "Dependents" shall include a payee's spouse and minor children and all other family members and
other persons for whom the payee is legally obligated to provide support, including alimony;

(d) "Discounted present value" shall mean the fair present value of future payments, as 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;

(e) "Favorable tax determination" shall mean, with respect to a proposed transfer of structured
settlement payment rights, any of the following authorities that definitively establishes that the federal
income tax treatment of the structured settlement for the parties to the structured settlement
agreement and any qualified assignment agreement, other than the payee, will not be affected by such
transfer:

     (1) A provision of the United States Internal Revenue Code, United States Code Title 26 [26 U.S.C.S. 130],
as amended from time to time, or a United States Treasury regulation adopted pursuant thereto;

     (2) A revenue ruling or revenue procedure issued by the United States Internal Revenue Service;

     (3) A private letter ruling by the United States Internal Revenue Service with respect to such transfer;

     (4) A decision of the United States Supreme Court or a decision of a lower federal court in which
the United States Internal Revenue Service has acquiesced;

(f) "Federal hardship standard" shall mean a federal standard applicable to transfers of structured
settlement payment rights based on findings of a court or responsible administrative authority regarding
the payees' needs, as contained in the United States Internal Revenue Code, United States Code Title 26,
as amended from time to time, or in a United States Treasury regulation adopted pursuant thereto;

(g) "Independent professional advice" shall mean the advice of an attorney, certified public
accountant, actuary or other licensed professional adviser:

     (1) Who is engaged by a payee to render advice concerning the legal, tax and financial
implications of a transfer of structured settlement payment rights;

(2) Who is not in any manner affiliated with or compensated by the transferee of such transfer; and

(3) Whose compensation for rendering such advice is not affected by whether a transfer occurs
or does not occur.

(h) "Interested parties" shall mean, with respect to any structured settlement, the payee, any
beneficiary 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;

(i) "Payee" shall mean an individual who is receiving tax-free damage payments under a structured
settlement and proposes to make a transfer of payment rights thereunder;

(j) "Qualified assignment agreement" shall mean an agreement providing for a qualified assignment
within the meaning of 130 of the United States Internal Revenue Code, United States Code Title 26
(26 U.S.C.S. 130), as amended from time to time;

(k) "Responsible administrative authority" shall mean, with respect to a structured settlement, any
government authority vested by law with exclusive jurisdiction over the settled claim resolved by such
structured settlement;

(l) "Settled claim" shall mean the original tort claim or workers' compensation claim resolved by a
structured settlement;

(m) "Structured settlement" shall mean an arrangement for periodic payment of damages for
personal injuries established by settlement or judgment in resolution of a tort claim or for periodic
payments in settlement of a workers" compensation claim;

(n) "Structured settlement agreement" shall mean the agreement, judgment, stipulation or release
embodying the terms of a structured settlement, including the rights of the payee to receive periodic
payments;

(o) "Structured settlement obligor" shall mean, with respect to any structured settlement, the party
that has the continuing periodic payment obligation to the payee under a structured settlement
agreement or a qualified assignment agreement;

(p) "Structured settlement payment rights" shall mean rights to receive periodic payments
(including lump sum payments) under a structured settlement, whether from the settlement obligor or
the annuity issuer, where:

     (1) The payee, the settlement obligor, the annuity issuer, or any other interested party is
domiciled in this State;

     (2) The structured settlement agreement was approved by a court or responsible administrative
authority in this State; or

     (3) The settled claim was pending before the courts of this State when the parties entered into the
structured settlement agreement;

(q) "Transfer" shall mean any sale, assignment, pledge, hypothecation or other form of alienation or
encumbrance made by a payee for consideration; and

(r) "Terms of the structured settlement" shall 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 approval of any court or responsible administrative authority or other
government authority authorizing or approving such structured settlement;

(s) "Transfer agreement" shall mean the agreement providing for transfer of structured settlement
payment rights from a payee to a transferee.

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