436.430. 1. A trust-funded guaranteed preneed contract shall comply with sections 436.400 to 436.520 and the specific requirements of this section.
2. A seller must deposit all payments received on a preneed contract into the designated preneed trust within sixty days of receipt of the funds by the seller, the preneed sales agent or designee. A seller may not require the consumer to pay any fees or other charges except as authorized by the provisions of chapter 333 and this chapter or other state or federal law.
3. A seller may request the trustee to distribute to the seller an amount up to the first five percent of the total amount of any preneed contract as an origination fee. The seller may make this request at any time after five percent of the total amount of the preneed contract has been deposited into the trust. The trustee shall make this distribution to the seller within fifteen days of the receipt of the request.
4. In addition to the origination fee, the trustee may distribute to the seller an amount up to ten percent of the face value of the contract on a preneed contract at any time after the consumer payment has been deposited into the trust. The seller may make written request for this distribution and the trustee shall make this distribution to the seller within fifteen days of the receipt of the request or as may be provided in any written agreement between the seller and the trustee.
5. The trustee of a preneed trust shall be a state- or federally-chartered financial institution authorized to exercise trust powers in Missouri. The trustee shall accept all deposits made to it for a preneed contract and shall hold, administer, and distribute such deposits, in trust, as trust principal, under sections 436.400 to 436.520.
6. The financial institution referenced herein may neither control, be controlled by, nor be under common control with the seller or preneed agent. The terms "control", "controlled by" and "under common control with" means the direct or indirect possession of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract other than a commercial contract for goods or nonmanagement services, or otherwise, unless the power is the result of an official position with or corporate office held by the person. Control shall be presumed to exist if any person, directly or indirectly, owns, controls, holds with the power to vote, or holds proxies representing ten percent or more of the voting securities. This presumption may be rebutted by a showing to the board that control does not in fact exist.
7. Payments regarding two or more preneed contracts may be deposited into and commingled in the same preneed trust, so long as the trustee maintains adequate records that individually and separately identify the payments, earnings, and distributions for each preneed contract.
8. Within a reasonable time after accepting a trusteeship or receiving trust assets, a trustee shall review the trust assets and make and implement decisions concerning the retention and disposition of assets in order to bring the trust portfolio into compliance with the purposes, terms, distribution requirements, other circumstances of the trust, and all other requirements of sections 436.400 to 436.520.
9. All expenses of establishing and administering a preneed trust, including trustee's fees, legal and accounting fees, investment expenses, and taxes may be paid from income generated from the investment of the trust assets. Principal of the trust shall not be used to pay the costs of administration. If the income of the trust is insufficient to pay the costs of administration, those costs shall be paid as per the written agreements between the seller, provider and the trustee.
10. The seller and provider of a trust-funded guaranteed preneed contract shall be entitled to all income, including, but not limited to, interest, dividends, capital gains, and losses generated by the investment of preneed trust property regarding such contract as stipulated in the contract between the seller and provider. Income of the trust, excluding expenses allowed under this subsection, shall accrue through the life of the trust, except in instances when a contract is cancelled. The trustee of the trust may distribute market value of all income, net of losses, to the seller upon, but not before, the final disposition of the beneficiary and provision of the funeral and burial services and facilities, and merchandise to, or for, the benefit of the beneficiary. This subsection shall apply to trusts established on or after August 28, 2009.
11. Providers shall request payment by submitting a certificate of performance to the seller certifying that the provider has rendered services under the contract or as requested. The certificate shall be signed by both the provider and the person authorized to make arrangements on behalf of the beneficiary. If there is no written contract between the seller and provider, the provider shall be entitled to the market value of all trust* assets allocable to the preneed contract. Sellers shall remit payment to the provider within sixty days of receiving the certificate of performance.
12. If a seller fails to make timely payment of an amount due a provider under sections 436.400 to 436.520, the provider shall have the right, in addition to other rights and remedies against such seller, to make demand upon the trustee of the preneed trust for the contract to distribute to the provider from the trust all amounts to which the seller would be entitled to receive for the preneed contract.
13. The trustee of a preneed trust, including trusts established before August 28, 2009, shall maintain adequate books and records of all transactions administered over the life of the trust and pertaining to the trust generally. The trustee shall assist the seller who established the trust or its successor in interest in the preparation of the annual report described in section 436.460. The seller shall furnish to each contract purchaser, within thirty days after receipt of the purchaser's written request, a written statement of all deposits made to such trust regarding such purchaser's contract including the principal and interest paid to date.
14. A preneed trust, including trusts established before August 28, 2009, shall terminate when the trust principal no longer includes any payments made under any preneed contract, and upon such termination the trustee shall distribute all trust property, including principal and undistributed income, to the seller which established the trust.
(L. 2009 S.B. 1)
*Word "trusts" appears in original rolls.
Missouri General Assembly