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(a)The preneed contract shall bind the contract seller, or the heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives of the contract seller, to provide the services or merchandise contained in the preneed contract.
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(I)The contract seller shall certify pursuant to subparagraphs (II), (III), and (IV) of this paragraph (b) with the commissioner each form of preneed contract offered or sold by such contract seller unless the contract seller notifies the commissioner that it will use preauthorized forms made available by the commissioner. For preneed contracts that are funded by the assignment of life insurance benefits, the assignment shall be deemed to be part of the preneed contract, and the contract seller shall certify pursuant to subparagraphs (II), (III), and (IV) of this paragraph (b) with the commissioner a copy of each form of assignment.
(II)Each contract seller of preneed contracts shall submit an annual report to the commissioner listing any forms of preneed contracts and each form of assignment used or to be used by the contract seller. Such listing shall be submitted on or before July 15, 2000, and on or before July 1 of each subsequent year. The annual report shall include a certification by the contract seller that, to the best of the seller’s knowledge, each form for preneed contracts and assignments in use complies with Colorado law. The commissioner may promulgate rules specifying the necessary elements of the certification.
(III)Each contract seller shall submit to the commissioner a list of new preneed contracts and forms of assignment. Such listing shall include a certification by the contract seller that, to the best of the seller’s knowledge, each new preneed contract or form of assignment proposed complies with Colorado law. The commissioner may promulgate rules specifying the necessary elements of the certification.
(IV)The commissioner shall have the power to examine and investigate the preneed contract seller to determine whether the preneed contracts or forms of assignment comply with the seller’s certification and Colorado law.
(c)At the time the preneed contract is entered into, the contract seller shall furnish the contract buyer with an accurate copy of the preneed contract.
(d)If the contract seller is a broker, or if the preneed contract requires any services to be performed or merchandise to be provided by a general provider other than the contract seller, the contract seller shall furnish the contract buyer with a copy of the agreement or a certificate evidencing an agreement between the contract seller and such general provider whereby the general provider or the heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives of such general provider are obligated to perform the services or provide the merchandise as stated in the preneed contract. Such agreement or certificate shall state that the general provider shall perform the contract services and provide the merchandise specified in the agreement between the contract seller and the general provider, under any fully paid preneed contract, without recourse against the contract buyer or his or her heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives for any funds due from the contract seller. Each such agreement or certificate evidencing each agreement shall be filed with the commissioner. As an alternative to having a separate agreement with a general provider, the preneed contract shall contain a signature and statement of guarantee by the general provider or an authorized agent of said general provider to provide the merchandise and services as agreed in the preneed contract.
(2)A preneed contract shall be written in clear, understandable language and shall be printed or typed in at least eight-point type.
(3)A preneed contract shall conform to all other applicable state and federal statutes and regulations.
(4)Each preneed contract shall:
(a)State on its face that “This preneed contract is not insurance; however, preneed contracts and contract sellers are subject to regulation by the Colorado Division of Insurance.”
(b)State the name and address of the principal office of the preneed contract seller and, if not the same, the name and address of the principal office of the general provider;
(c)Identify the contract buyer and the preneed contract beneficiary;
(d)State the terms and conditions for cancellation by the contract buyer within the first seven days of the contract buyer’s signature to the preneed contract during which period the contract buyer may provide the contract seller with written notice of cancellation. The contract seller shall forward a one hundred percent refund to the contract buyer within ten calendar days of receipt of the written cancellation.
(e)Provide that the contract buyer may cancel the preneed contract at any time after the seven-day period provided in paragraph (d) of this subsection (4) and that any return of consideration be made to the contract buyer, heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives in a timely manner, not to exceed thirty days after the date of the request for return of consideration in lieu of performance, and not to exceed forty-five days after the date of request for return of consideration in case of default or cancellation;
(f)Contain a provision expressing the right of the contract seller to perform under the preneed contract if the heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives of the preneed contract beneficiary have not canceled the preneed contract within one hundred sixty-eight hours after the death of the preneed contract beneficiary, or if previously authorized to perform prior to such one hundred sixty-eight hours;
(g)Specify the services or merchandise, or both, to be provided, and clearly indicate that the preneed contract seller guarantees and fully pays for each such service or merchandise, or both, when it is provided, except for cash advances;
(h)Contain a provision providing that the preneed contract seller shall provide merchandise as described in the preneed contract or of equivalent quality;
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(I)State on its face the manner in which it is funded. Each preneed contract shall clearly state the terms of the consideration between the contract seller and the contract buyer.
(II)Such terms shall require that the contract buyer be responsible for paying any unpaid balance of the preneed contract price.
(III)Where the consideration is an assignment of life insurance benefits, excluding annuities, any unpaid balance shall not exceed the price of the services or merchandise provided at the time of death of the preneed contract beneficiary, based on the general provider’s general price list then in force, in excess of the value of the assignment. Such assignment shall not require the payment of any unpaid balance after the third anniversary of the issue date of the preneed contract. The contract seller may require any assignment which has been reduced in value by action of the policy owner to be returned to full value.
(j)Contain a provision stating that the contract seller is responsible for furnishing the merchandise and services expressed in the preneed contract unless the contract buyer is in default, the contract is canceled, or the assignment funding the contract is void, canceled, or otherwise reduced in value by action of the contract buyer. The preneed contract shall provide that in the case of the death of the preneed contract beneficiary, the contract buyer or, if the contract buyer is deceased, such buyer’s heirs, assigns, or duly authorized representatives are entitled to a full return of consideration instead of performance by the contract seller. It shall further provide whether or not a preneed contract, in case of default or cancellation, a preneed contract which has not been performed, or promissory note executed in connection therewith, may allow the contract seller to retain liquidated damages. In no event shall such liquidated damages exceed the lesser of the funds received or fifteen percent of the total preneed contract price. Such liquidated damages are deemed to be the reasonable value of administrative and sales costs incurred.
(5)Any preneed contract for which merchandise has been contracted, manufactured, and placed in storage shall guarantee that the merchandise, when delivered, shall be merchantable and fit for its intended purpose.
(6)No contract seller shall condition a preneed contract upon the purchase of any other item or contract unless such preneed contracts, other contracts, and any other item can be independently purchased at the same stated price. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the sale, purchase, or assignment of life insurance benefits to be identified in the preneed contract and be used as full or partial consideration to fund a preneed contract.
(7)The contract seller shall be deemed to have fully performed under the preneed contract when:
(a)The services or merchandise, or both, contracted for have actually been used in conjunction with the death of the preneed contract beneficiary; or
(b)The services contracted for have actually been furnished; or
(c)The contract buyer has taken physical possession of the merchandise; or
(d)The merchandise contracted for, which the contract buyer has agreed to purchase prior to need, has been manufactured and placed in storage and a certificate of title or warehouse receipt has been issued in the contract buyer’s name, any such certificate of title or warehouse receipt having effectively and unalterably transferred ownership of the merchandise to the contract buyer and all such merchandise having been fully protected by casualty insurance against all hazards; or
(e)Full payment to the manufacturer has been made by the contract seller within forty-five days after the sale of the merchandise contracted for, which the contract buyer has agreed to purchase prior to need, by the contract buyer, the merchandise has been manufactured not later than six months thereafter and placed in storage, and a certificate of title or warehouse receipt has been issued in the contract buyer’s name, any such certificate of title or warehouse receipt having effectively and unalterably transferred ownership of the merchandise to the contract buyer and all such merchandise having been fully protected by casualty insurance against all hazards, as stated in paragraph (d) of this subsection (7); or
(f)The merchandise contracted for, which the contract buyer has agreed to purchase prior to need, has been installed upon or placed within the interment site of the contract buyer, including the place of interment, entombment, or ground burial.
(8)In any preneed contract that includes merchandise contracted for pursuant to paragraphs (d) and (e) of subsection (7) of this section, upon full payment for the merchandise by the contract buyer, the title shall be deemed transferred to the contract buyer.
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(a)Notwithstanding any other provision of this section to the contrary, upon the request and consent of the contract buyer, a preneed contract, related trust, or assignment of the ownership or the benefits of a life insurance policy may be made irrevocable. However, the contract buyer, or the person with the right of final disposition may, at any time before performance, transfer the funds or the assignment to another contract seller or general provider as required by applicable laws.
(b)The contract buyer or, if the contract buyer has died, the person authorized to direct the disposition of the deceased contract buyer may select another funeral provider to provide the prearranged funeral merchandise and services. If another provider is selected, the original preneed seller may retain up to fifteen percent of the original preneed contract purchase price.
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(a)The contract seller shall:
(I)Disclose the name and address of the trustee who holds the preneed contract funds; and
(II)Notify the buyer when the preneed contract funds are deposited into trust.
(b)To comply with this subsection (10), the disclosure must advise the consumer to contact the commissioner if confirmation is not received by a specified time.
Section 10-15-105 — Contract requirements - refund - full performance,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-10.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).