Code of the District of Columbia

§ 21–2110. Construction of power relating to insurance transactions.

In a statutory power of attorney the language granting power with respect to insurance and annuity transactions empowers the agent to:

(1) Continue, pay the premium or assessment on, modify, rescind, release, or terminate a contract procured by or on behalf of the principal which insures or provides an annuity to either the principal or another person, whether or not the principal is a beneficiary under the contract;

(2) Procure new, different, and additional contracts of insurance and annuities for the principal and the principal’s spouse, children, and other dependents; and select the amount, type of insurance or annuity, and mode of payment;

(3) Pay the premium or assessment on, modify, rescind, release, or terminate a contract of insurance or annuity procured by the agent;

(4) Designate the beneficiary of the contract, but an agent may be named a beneficiary of the contract, or an extension, renewal, or substitute for it, only to the extent the agent was named as a beneficiary under a contract procured by the principal before executing the power of attorney;

(5) Apply for and receive a loan on the security of the contract of insurance or annuity;

(6) Surrender and receive the cash surrender value;

(7) Exercise an election;

(8) Change the manner of paying premiums;

(9) Change or convert the type of insurance contract or annuity with respect to which the principal has or claims to have a power described in this section;

(10) Change the beneficiary of a contract of insurance or annuity, but the agent may not be designated a beneficiary except to the extent permitted by paragraph (4) of this section;

(11) Apply for and procure government aid to guarantee or pay premiums of a contract of insurance on the life of the principal;

(12) Collect, sell, assign, hypothecate, borrow upon, or pledge the interest of the principal in a contract of insurance or annuity; and

(13) Pay from proceeds or otherwise, compromise or contest, and apply for refunds in connection with, a tax or assessment levied by a taxing authority with respect to a contract of insurance or annuity or its proceeds or liability accruing by reason of the tax or assessment.