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New Mexico statues regarding Structured Settlements.

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

2005 House Bill 495


    Section 1. SHORT TITLE.--This act may be cited as the “Structured Settlement Protection Act”.

    Section 2. DEFINITIONS.--As used in the Structured Settlement Protection Act:
        A. “annuity issuer” means an insurer that has issued a contract to fund periodic payments under a structured settlement;
        B. “court” means:
            (1) the court of original jurisdiction that authorized or approved a structured settlement; or
            (2) if the court that authorized or approved the structured settlement no longer has jurisdiction to approve a transfer of payment rights under the structured settlement under the Structured Settlement Protection Act, a district court or a probate court located in the county in which the payee resides;
        C. “dependents” includes a payee’s spouse, minor children and all other persons for whom the payee is legally obligated to provide support, including alimony;
        D. “discounted present value” means the present value of future payments determined by discounting the 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. “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 the consideration;
        F. “independent professional advice” means advice of an attorney, certified public accountant, actuary or other licensed professional adviser;
        G. “interested party” means, with respect to any structured settlement:
            (1) the payee;
            (2) any beneficiary irrevocably designated under the annuity contract to receive payments following the payee’s death;
            (3) the annuity issuer;
            (4) the structured settlement obligor; and
            (5) any other party that has continuing rights or obligations under the structured settlement;
        H. “net advance amount” means the gross advance amount less the aggregate amount of the actual and estimated transfer expenses required to be disclosed under Subsection E of Section 3 of the Structured Settlement Protection Act;
        I. “payee” means an individual who is receiving tax-free payments under a structured settlement and proposes to transfer payment rights under the structured settlement;
        J. “periodic payments” includes both recurring payments and scheduled future lump-sum payments;
        K. “qualified assignment agreement” means an agreement providing for a qualified assignment within the meaning of Section 130 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended;
        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;
        0. “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, if:
            (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 authorized or approved by a court located in this state; or
            (3) the structured settlement agreement is expressly governed by the laws of this state;
        Q. “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 the court;
        R. “transfer” means any sale, assignment, pledge, hypothecation or other alienation or encumbrance of structured settlement payment rights made by a payee for consideration, except. that “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 the insured depository institution, or its agent or successor in interest, or to enforce the 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 the 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 court filing fees, attorney fees, escrow fees, lien recording fees, judgment and lien search fees, finders’ fees, commissions and other payments to a broker or other intermediary, except that “transfer expenses” does not include preexisting obligations of the payee payable on the payee’s account from the proceeds of a transfer; and
        U. “transferee” means a party acquiring or proposing to acquire structured settlement payment rights through a transfer.

    Section 3. REQUIRED DISCLOSURES TO PAYEE.--At least three days before the date on which the payee signs a transfer agreement, the transferee shall provide to the payee a separate disclosure statement, in bold type at least fourteen points in size, that states:
        A. the amounts and due dates of the structured settlement payments to be transferred;
        B. the aggregate amount of the payments;
        C. 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;
        D. the gross advance amount;
        E. an itemized listing of all applicable transfer expenses, other than attorney 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 those expenses;
        F. the net advance amount;
        G. 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
        H. a statement that the payee has the right to cancel the transfer agreement, without penalty or further obligation, not later than the close of the third business day after the date the agreement is signed by the payee.

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