Ins 2.07(8)(b) (b) If the insurer has proposed the replacement or if the applicant indicates a replacement is intended and the insurer continues with the replacement, the insurer shall do all of the following:
Ins 2.07(8)(b)1. 1. Provide to applicants or prospective applicants with the policy or contract a notice, as described in Appendix III, or other substantially similar form approved by the commissioner. In these instances the insurer may delete the references to the producer, including the producer's signature, and references not applicable to the product being sold or replaced, without having to obtain approval of the form from the commissioner. The insurer's obligation to obtain the applicant's signature shall be satisfied if it can demonstrate that it has made a diligent effort to secure a signed copy of the notice referred to in this subdivision. The requirement to make a diligent effort shall be deemed satisfied if the insurer includes in the mailing a self-addressed postage prepaid envelope with instructions for the return of the signed notice referred to in this subdivision.
Ins 2.07(8)(b)2. 2. Comply with the requirements of sub. (6) (a) 2., if the applicant furnishes the names of the existing insurers, and the requirements of sub. (6) (a) 3. and 4. and (b).
Ins 2.07(9) (9)Violation.
Ins 2.07(9)(a)(a) Any failure to comply with this section shall be considered a violation of s. 628.34, Stats. Examples of violations include any deceptive or misleading information set forth in sales material, failing to ask the applicant in completing the application the pertinent questions regarding the possibility of financing or replacement, the intentional incorrect recording of an answer, advising an applicant to respond negatively to any question regarding replacement in order to prevent notice to the existing insurer, or advising a policy or contract owner to write directly to the insurer in such a way as to attempt to obscure the identity of the replacing producer or insurer.
Ins 2.07(9)(b) (b) Policy and contract owners have the right to replace existing life insurance policies or annuity contracts after indicating in or as a part of applications for new coverage that replacement is not their intention; however, patterns of such action by policy or contract owners of the same producer shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the producer's knowledge that replacement was intended in connection with the identified transactions, and these patterns of action shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the producer's intent to violate this section.
Ins 2.07(9)(c) (c) When it is determined that the requirements of this section have not been met, the replacing insurer shall provide to the policy owner or contract owner an in force illustration if available or policy summary for the replacement policy or available disclosure document for the replacement contract and the appropriate notice regarding replacements in Appendix I or III.
Ins 2.07(9)(d) (d) Any violation of this section shall be subject to s. 601.64, Stats. Failure to comply with the requirements of this section shall not alter the requirements of any insurer with respect to claims.
Ins 2.07 History History: Cr. Register, March, 1972, No. 195, eff. 6-1-72; emerg. am. (1) and (2) eff. 6-22-76; am. (1) and (2); Register, September, 1976, No. 249, eff. 10-1-76; am. (2), Register, March, 1979, No. 279, eff. 4-1-79; r. and recr. Register, January, 1982, No. 313, eff. 3-1-82; r. (8), under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 16., Stats., Register, December, 1984, No. 348; CR 08-107: r. and recr. Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09.
Ins 2.07 Appendix I
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
REPLACEMENT OF LIFE INSURANCE OR ANNUITIES
This document must be signed by the applicant and the producer, if there is one, and a copy left with the applicant.
You are contemplating the purchase of a life insurance policy or annuity contract. In some cases this purchase may involve discontinuing or changing an existing policy or contract. If so, a replacement is occurring. Financed purchases are also considered replacements.
A replacement occurs when a new policy or contract is purchased and, in connection with the sale, you discontinue making premium payments on the existing policy or contract, or an existing policy or contract is surrendered, forfeited, assigned to the replacing insurer, or otherwise terminated or used in a financed purchase.
A financed purchase occurs when the purchase of a new life insurance policy involves the use of funds obtained by the withdrawal or surrender of or by borrowing some or all of the policy values, including accumulated dividends, of an existing policy to pay all or part of any premium or payment due on the new policy. A financed purchase is a replacement.
You should carefully consider whether a replacement is in your best interests. You will pay acquisition costs and there may be surrender costs deducted from your policy or contract. You may be able to make changes to your existing policy or contract to meet your insurance needs at less cost. A financed purchase will reduce the value of your existing policy and may reduce the amount paid upon the death of the insured.
We want you to understand the effects of replacements before you make your purchase decision and ask that you answer the following questions and consider the questions on the back of this form.
1. Are you considering discontinuing making premium payments, surrendering, forfeiting, assigning to the insurer, or otherwise terminating your existing policy or contract? ___ YES ___ NO
2. Are you considering using funds from your existing policies or contracts to pay premiums due on the new policy or contract?
___ YES ___ NO
If you answered “yes" to either of the above questions, list each existing policy or contract you are contemplating replacing (include the name of the insurer, the insured or annuitant, and the policy or contract number if available) and whether each policy or contract will be replaced or used as a source of financing:
INSURER
NAME
CONTRACT OR POLICY #
INSURED OR ANNUITANT
REPLACED (R) OR FINANCING (F)
1.
2.
3.
Make sure you know the facts. Contact your existing insurer or its agent for information about the existing policy or contract. If you request one, an in force illustration, policy summary or available disclosure documents must be sent to you by the existing insurer. Ask for and retain all sales material used by the agent in the sales presentation. Be sure that you are making an informed decision.
The existing policy or contract is being replaced because ___________________________________________________.
I certify that the responses herein are, to the best of my knowledge, accurate:
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Applicant's Signature and Printed Name and Date
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Producer's Signature and Printed Name and Date
I do not want this notice read aloud to me. ____ (Applicants must initial only if they do not want the notice read aloud.)
A replacement may not be in your best interest, or your decision could be a good one. You should make a careful comparison of the costs and benefits of your existing policy or contract and the proposed policy or contract. One way to do this is to ask the insurer or agent that sold you your existing policy or contract to provide you with information concerning your existing policy or contract. This may include an illustration of how your existing policy or contract is working now and how it would perform in the future based on certain assumptions. Illustrations should not, however, be used as a sole basis to compare policies or contracts. You should discuss the following with your agent to determine whether replacement or financing your purchase makes sense:
PREMIUMS: Are they affordable?
Could they change?
You're older—are premiums higher for the proposed new policy?
How long will you have to pay premiums on the new policy? On the existing policy?
POLICY VALUES: New policies usually take longer to build cash values and to pay dividends.
Acquisition costs for the existing policy may have been paid, you will incur costs for the new one.
What surrender charges do the policies have?
What expense and sales charges will you pay on the new policy?
Does the new policy provide more insurance coverage?
INSURABILITY: If your health has changed since you bought your existing policy, the new one could cost you more, or you could be turned down.
You may need a medical exam for a new policy.
Claims on most new policies for up to the first two years can be denied based on inaccurate statements.
Suicide limitations may begin anew on the new coverage.
IF YOU ARE KEEPING THE EXISTING POLICY AS WELL AS THE NEW POLICY:
How are premiums for both policies being paid?
How will the premiums on your existing policy be affected?
Will a loan be deducted from death benefits?
What values from the existing policy are being used to pay premiums?
IF YOU ARE SURRENDERING AN ANNUITY OR INTEREST SENSITIVE LIFE PRODUCT:
Will you pay surrender charges on your existing contract?
What are the interest rate guarantees for the new contract?
Have you compared the contract charges or other policy expenses?
OTHER ISSUES TO CONSIDER FOR ALL TRANSACTIONS:
What are the tax consequences of buying the new policy?
Is this a tax free exchange? (See your tax advisor.)
Is there a benefit from favorable “grandfathered" treatment of the existing policy under the federal tax code?
Will the existing insurer be willing to modify the existing policy?
How does the quality and financial stability of the new insurer compare with your existing insurer?
Ins 2.07 Appendix II
NOTICE REGARDING REPLACEMENT
REPLACING YOUR LIFE INSURANCE POLICY OR ANNUITY?
Are you thinking about buying a new life insurance policy or annuity and discontinuing or changing an existing one? If you are, your decision could be a good one — or a mistake. You will not know for sure unless you make a careful comparison of your existing benefits and the proposed policy or contract's benefits.
Make sure you understand the facts. You should ask the insurer or agent that sold you your existing policy or contract to give you information about it.
Hear both sides before you decide. This way you can be sure you are making a decision that is in your best interest.
Ins 2.07 Appendix III
IMPORTANT NOTICE:
REPLACEMENT OF LIFE INSURANCE OR ANNUITIES
You are contemplating the purchase of a life insurance policy or annuity contract. In some cases this purchase may involve discontinuing or changing an existing policy or contract. If so, a replacement is occurring. Financed purchases are also considered replacements.
A replacement occurs when a new policy or contract is purchased and, in connection with the sale, you discontinue making premium payments on the existing policy or contract, or an existing policy or contract is surrendered, forfeited, assigned to the replacing insurer, or otherwise terminated or used in a financed purchase.
A financed purchase occurs when the purchase of a new life insurance policy involves the use of funds obtained by the withdrawal or surrender of or by borrowing some or all of the policy values, including accumulated dividends, of an existing policy, to pay all or part of any premium or payment due on the new policy. A financed purchase is a replacement.
You should carefully consider whether a replacement is in your best interests. You will pay acquisition costs and there may be surrender costs deducted from your policy or contract. You may be able to make changes to your existing policy or contract to meet your insurance needs at less cost.
A financed purchase will reduce the value of your existing policy and may reduce the amount paid upon the death of the insured.
We want you to understand the effects of replacements and ask that you answer the following questions and consider the questions on the back of this form.
1. Are you considering discontinuing making premium payments, surrendering, forfeiting, assigning to the insurer, or otherwise terminating your existing policy or contract? ___ YES ___ NO
2. Are you considering using funds from your existing policies or contracts to pay premiums due on the new policy or contract?
___ YES ___ NO
Please list each existing policy or contract you are contemplating replacing (include the name of the insurer, the insured, and the policy or contract number if available) and whether each policy or contract will be replaced or used as a source of financing:
INSURER
NAME
CONTRACT OR POLICY #
INSURED OR ANNUITANT
REPLACED (R) OR FINANCING (F)
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