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Mississippi statues regarding Structured Settlements.

This state statute overseeing the sale of structured settlement payments and the buying of annuities is basically the Model Act and complies with Federal Law
(Colonial's interpretation)

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE
2002 Regular Session
To: Judiciary
By: Senator(s) Turner

Senate Bill 2912
(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO CREATE THE STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT PROTECTION ACT; TO DEFINE CERTAIN TERMS; TO REQUIRE THE DISCLOSURE OF CERTAIN INFORMATION TO A PAYEE; TO PROVIDE FOR THE APPROVAL OF TRANSFERS OF STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT PAYMENT RIGHTS; TO PROVIDE FOR THE EFFECTS OF THE TRANSFER OF STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT PAYMENT RIGHTS; TO PROVIDE THE PROCEDURE FOR APPROVAL OF TRANSFERS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:


SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Structured Settlement Protection Act."


SECTION 2. The following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed herein, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(a) "Annuity issuer" means an insurer that has issued a contract to fund periodic payments under a structured settlement.

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

(c) "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.

(d) "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.

(e) "Independent professional advice" means advice of an attorney, certified public accountant, actuary or other licensed professional adviser.

(f) "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.

(g) "Net advance amount" means the gross advance amount less the aggregate amount of the actual and estimated transfer expenses required to be disclosed under Section 3(e) of this act.

(h) "Payee" means an individual who is receiving tax-free payments under a structured settlement and proposes to make a transfer of payment rights thereunder.

(i) "Periodic payments" includes both recurring payments and scheduled future lump-sum payments.

(j) "Qualified assignment agreement" means an agreement providing for a qualified assignment within the meaning of 26 USCS 130.

(k) "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.

(l) "Settled claim" means the original tort claim or workers' compensation claim resolved by a structured settlement.

(m) "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.

(n) "Structured settlement agreement" means the agreement, judgment, stipulation or release embodying the terms of a structured settlement.

(o) "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.

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

(i) 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;

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

(iii) The structured settlement agreement is expressly governed by the laws of this state.

(q) "Terms of the structured settlement" includes, 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.

(r) "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.

(s) "Transfer agreement" means the agreement providing for a transfer of structured settlement payment rights.

(t) "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, attorney's fees, escrow fees, lien recordation fees, judgment and lien search fees, finder's 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.

(u) "Transferee" means a party acquiring or proposing to acquire structured settlement payment rights through a transfer.


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