(a) Any minor domiciled in this state who has attained the age of 18 years shall be deemed competent to receive and to give full acquittance and discharge for a payment, or payments, in aggregate amount not exceeding $3,000.00 in any one year, made by a life insurer under the maturity, death, or settlement agreement provisions in effect or elected by such minor under a life insurance policy or annuity contract, provided such policy, contract, or agreement shall provide for the payment, or payments, to such minor and if, prior to such payment, the insurer has not received written notice of the appointment of a duly qualified guardian of the property of such minor. No such minor shall be deemed competent to alienate the right to, or to anticipate, such payments. This section shall not be deemed to restrict the rights of minors set forth in Section 27-14-5.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 27-14-25
- Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
- Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
- Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
- Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
- state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
- year: means a calendar year; but, whenever the word "year" is used in reference to any appropriations for the payment of money out of the treasury, it shall mean fiscal year. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
(b) This section shall not be deemed to require any insurer to determine whether any other insurer may be effecting a similar payment to the same minor.