2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 17B - INSURANCE
Section 17B:30B-3 - License to operate as viatical settlement provider.

17B:30B-3 License to operate as viatical settlement provider.

3. a. A person shall not operate as a viatical settlement provider without first obtaining a license from the commissioner of the state of residence of the viator.

b. (1) No person shall act on behalf of a viator residing in this State, or otherwise negotiate, as that term is defined in section 3 of P.L.2001, c.210 (C.17:22A-28), viatical settlement contracts between a viator residing in this State and one or more viatical settlement providers unless that person is licensed as a life insurance producer pursuant to the "New Jersey Insurance Producer Licensing Act of 2001," P.L.2001, c.210 (C.17:22A-26 et seq.) and has been licensed as a resident insurance producer in his home state for not less than one year.

(2) Irrespective of the manner in which the life insurance producer is compensated, a life insurance producer is deemed to represent only the viator and not the viatical settlement provider or any insurer, and owes a fiduciary duty to the viator to act according to the viator's instructions and in the best interest of the viator.

(3) Not later than 30 days from the first day of negotiating a viatical settlement contract on behalf of a viator, such producer shall notify the commissioner of that activity on a form or in a manner that may be prescribed by, and shall pay any applicable fees determined by, the commissioner by regulation. The notification shall include an acknowledgment by the producer that he will operate in accordance with the provisions of this act.

(4) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this subsection, a person licensed as an attorney, or a certified public accountant, representing a viator, and whose compensation is not paid directly or indirectly by the viatical settlement provider, may negotiate a viatical settlement contract without a license as a life insurance producer.

c. Application for a viatical settlement provider license pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall be made to the commissioner by the applicant on a form prescribed by the commissioner, and the application shall be accompanied by a fee, the amount of which shall be set by the commissioner by regulation, provided, however, that the license and renewal fees for a viatical settlement license shall not exceed that established by law or regulation for a domestic stock life insurance company.

d. A viatical settlement provider license may be renewed from year to year on the anniversary date upon payment of the annual renewal fee in an amount set by the commissioner by regulation. Failure to pay the fee by the renewal date shall result in expiration of the license.

e. The applicant for a license pursuant to subsection a. of this section shall provide information on forms required by the commissioner. The commissioner shall have the authority, at any time, to require the applicant to fully disclose the identity of all stockholders except those owning fewer than five percent of the shares of an applicant whose shares are publicly traded, partners, officers, members and employees, and the commissioner may, in his discretion, refuse to issue a license in the name of a legal entity if not satisfied that any officer, employee, stockholder, partner or member thereof who may materially influence the applicant's conduct meets the standards of this act.

f. A license pursuant to subsection a. of this section issued to a legal entity authorizes all partners, officers, members and designated employees to act as viatical settlement providers, under the license, and all those persons shall be named in the application and any supplements to the application.

g. Upon the filing of an application and the payment of the license fee, the commissioner shall make an investigation of each applicant and issue a license if the commissioner finds that the applicant:

(1) Has provided a detailed plan of operation;

(2) Is competent and trustworthy and intends to act in good faith in the capacity involved by the license applied for;

(3) Has a good business reputation and has had experience, training or education so as to be qualified in the business for which the license is applied for;

(4) If a legal entity, provides a certificate of good standing from the state of its domicile; and

(5) Has provided an anti-fraud plan that meets the requirements of section 12 of this act.

h. The commissioner shall not issue a license to a nonresident applicant unless a written designation of an agent for service of process is filed and maintained with the commissioner, or the applicant has filed with the commissioner, the applicant's written irrevocable consent that any action against the applicant may be commenced against the applicant by service of process on the commissioner.

i. A viatical settlement provider shall provide to the commissioner any new or revised information about officers, stockholders holding 10% or more of the outstanding shares, partners, directors, members or designated employees within 30 days of the change.

L.2005,c.229,s.3.

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