2014 Montana Code Annotated
Title 33. INSURANCE AND INSURANCE COMPANIES
CHAPTER 15. THE INSURANCE CONTRACT
Part 5. Claims and Benefits
33-15-514. Exemption from execution of proceeds of annuity contracts -- assignability of rights.

MT Code § 33-15-514 (2014) What's This?

33-15-514. Exemption from execution of proceeds of annuity contracts -- assignability of rights. (1) The benefits, rights, privileges, and options that under any annuity contract are due or prospectively due the annuitant may not be subject to execution, the annuitant may not be compelled to exercise any rights, powers, or options, and creditors may not be allowed to interfere with or terminate the contract, except: (a) as to amounts paid for or as premium on any annuity with intent to defraud creditors, with interest, and of which the creditor has given the insurer written notice at its home office prior to the making of the payments to the annuitant out of which the creditor seeks to recover. The notice must specify the amount claimed or the facts that will enable the insurer to ascertain the amount and must set forth the facts that will enable the insurer to ascertain the annuity contract, the annuitant, and the payments sought to be avoided on the ground of fraud. (b) the total exemption of benefits presently due and payable to any annuitant periodically or at stated times under all annuity contracts under which the person is an annuitant may not at any time exceed $250 a month for the length of time represented by the installments and the periodic payments in excess of $350 a month must be subject to garnishee execution; (c) if the total benefits presently due and payable to any annuitant under all annuity contracts under which the person is an annuitant at any time exceed payment at the rate of $350 a month, then the court may order the annuitant to pay to a judgment creditor or apply on the judgment, in installments, the portion of the excess benefits that appear to the court to be just and proper, after due regard for the reasonable requirements of the judgment debtor and the debtor's family, if dependent upon the debtor, as well as any payments required to be made by the annuitant to other creditors under prior court orders. (2) If the contract provides, the benefits, rights, privileges, or options accruing under the contract to a beneficiary or assignee may not be transferable or subject to commutation, and if the benefits are payable periodically or at stated times, the same exemptions contained in this section for the annuitant apply with respect to the beneficiary or assignee. (3) An annuity contract within the meaning of this section is any obligation to pay certain sums at stated times during life or lives or for a specified term or terms, issued for a valuable consideration, regardless of whether or not the sums are payable to one or more persons, jointly or otherwise, but does not include payments under life insurance contracts at stated times during life or lives or for a specified term or terms.

History: En. Sec. 294, Ch. 286, L. 1959; R.C.M. 1947, 40-3737; amd. Sec. 1193, Ch. 56, L. 2009.

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