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(1) The trust agreement required by 33-2-1217(2), MCA, shall be entered into between the beneficiary, the grantor, and a trustee which shall be a qualified United States financial institution as defined in 33-2-1217, MCA, and include all of the following conditions:

(a) the trust agreement shall create a trust account into which assets shall be deposited;

(b) all assets in the trust account shall be held by the trustee at the trustee's office in the United States;

(c) the trust agreement shall provide that:

(i) the beneficiary shall have the right to withdraw assets from the trust account at any time, without notice to the grantor, subject only to written notice from the beneficiary to the trustee;

(ii) no other statement or document is required to be presented in order to withdraw assets, except that the beneficiary may be required to acknowledge receipt of withdrawn assets; and

(iii) it is not subject to any conditions or qualifications outside the trust agreement; and it shall not contain references to any other agreements to documents except as provided for under (j).

(d) the trust agreement shall be established for the sole benefit of the beneficiary;

(e) the trust agreement shall require the trustee to:

(i) receive assets and hold all assets in a safe place;

(ii) determine that all assets are in such form that the beneficiary, or the trustee upon direction by the beneficiary, may whenever necessary negotiate any such assets, without consent or signature from the grantor or any other person or entity;

(iii) furnish to the grantor and the beneficiary a statement of all assets in the trust account upon its inception and at intervals no less frequent than the end of each calendar quarter;

(iv) notify the grantor and the beneficiary within 10 days of any deposits to or withdrawals from the trust account;

(v) upon written demand of the beneficiary, immediately take any and all steps necessary to transfer absolutely and unequivocally all right, title, and interest in the assets held in the trust account to the beneficiary and deliver physical custody of the assets to the beneficiary; and

(vi) allow no substitutions or withdrawals of assets from the trust account, except on written instructions from the beneficiary, except that the trustee may, without the consent of, but with notice to, the beneficiary, upon call or maturity of any trust asset, withdraw such asset upon condition that the proceeds are paid into the trust account.

(f) the trust agreement shall provide that at least 30 days, but not more than 45 days, prior to termination of the trust account, written notification of termination must be delivered by the trustee to the beneficiary;

(g) the trust agreement shall be made subject to and governed by the laws of the state in which the trust is established;

(h) the trust agreement shall prohibit invasion of the trust corpus for the purpose of paying compensation to, or reimbursing the expenses of, the trustee;

(i) the trust agreement shall provide that the trustee shall be liable for its own negligence, willful misconduct, or lack of good faith. The failure of the trustee to draw against the letter of credit in circumstances where such draw would be required shall be deemed to be negligence and/or willful misconduct; and

(j) either the reinsurance agreement or the trust agreement must stipulate that assets deposited in the trust account shall be valued according to their current fair market value and shall consist only of cash in U.S. dollars, certificates of deposit issued by a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. dollars, and investments permitted by the Insurance Code or any combination of the above, provided investments in or issued by an entity controlling, controlled by, or under common control with either the grantor or the beneficiary of the trust shall not exceed five percent of total investments. The agreement may further specify the types of investments to be deposited. If the reinsurance agreement covers life, annuities, or accident and health or disability risks, then the provisions required by this paragraph must be included in the reinsurance agreement.


History: 33-1-313, 33-2-1517, MCA; IMP, 33-2-1217, MCA; NEW, 2016 MAR p. 2186, Eff. 11/26/16.

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