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Chapter 436

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  436.455.  Joint account-funded preneed contract requirements. — 1.  A joint account-funded preneed contract shall comply with sections 436.400 to 436.520 and the specific requirements of this section.

  2.  In lieu of a trust-funded or insurance-funded preneed contract, the seller and the purchaser may agree in writing that all funds paid by the purchaser or beneficiary for the preneed contract shall be deposited with a financial institution chartered and regulated by the federal or state government authorized to do business in Missouri in an account in the joint names and under the joint control of the seller and purchaser, beneficiary or party holding power of attorney over the beneficiary's estate, or in an account titled in the beneficiary's name and payable on the beneficiary's death to the seller.  There shall be a separate joint account established for each preneed contract sold or arranged under this section.  Funds shall only be withdrawn or paid from the account upon the signatures of both the seller and the purchaser or under a pay-on-death designation or as required to pay reasonable expenses of administering the account.

  3.  All consideration paid by the purchaser under a joint account-funded contract shall be deposited into a joint account as authorized by this section within ten days of receipt of payment by the seller.

  4.  The financial institution shall hold, invest, and reinvest funds deposited under this section in other accounts offered to depositors by the financial institutions as provided in the written agreement of the purchaser and the seller, provided the financial institution shall not invest or reinvest any funds deposited under this section in term life insurance or any investment that does not reasonably have the potential to gain income or increase in value.

  5.  Income generated by preneed funds deposited under this section shall be used to pay the reasonable expenses of administering the account as charged by the financial institution and the balance of the income shall be distributed or reinvested upon fulfillment of the contract, cancellation or transfer pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.

  6.  Within fifteen days after a provider delivers a copy of a certificate of performance to the seller, signed by the provider and the person authorized to make arrangements on behalf of the beneficiary, certifying that the provider has furnished the final disposition, funeral, and burial services and facilities, and merchandise as required by the preneed contract, or has provided alternative funeral benefits for the beneficiary under special arrangements made with the purchaser, the seller shall take whatever steps are required by the financial institution to secure payment of the funds from the financial institution.  The seller shall pay the provider within ten days of receipt of funds.

  7.  Any seller, provider, or preneed agent shall not procure or accept a loan against any investment, or asset of, or belonging to a joint account.  As of August 28, 2009, it shall be prohibited to use any existing preneed contract as collateral or security pledged for a loan, or take preneed funds of any existing preneed contract as a loan or for any purpose other than as authorized by this chapter.


(L. 2009 S.B. 1, A.L. 2011 H.B. 265 merged with S.B. 325)

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