Article 1 Assets and Liabilities 20-501 – 20-519
Article 2 Investments 20-531 – 20-562
Article 3 Administration of Deposits 20-581 – 20-589
Article 4 Rehabilitation and Liquidation 20-611 – 20-650
Article 5 Separate Accounts 20-651
Article 6 Administration of Insolvency 20-661 – 20-680
Article 7 Administration of Life and Disability Insurance Insolvencies 20-681 – 20-695
Article 8 Life and Health Actuarial Opinion and Memorandum Requirements 20-696 – 20-696.04
Article 9 Property and Casualty Actuarial Opinion Requirements 20-697 – 20-697.01
Article 10 Audited Financial Reports 20-698 – 20-698.01

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 20 > Chapter 3

  • Account: means any one of the three accounts within the Arizona property and casualty insurance guaranty fund. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Account: means any of the three accounts established pursuant to section 20-683. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Actuarial opinion: means the opinion of an appointed actuary regarding the adequacy of the reserves and related actuarial items that is based on an asset adequacy analysis conducted pursuant to section 20-696. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Actuarial standards board: means the board that is established by the American academy of actuaries to develop and promulgate actuarial standards of practice. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Affidavit: A written statement of facts confirmed by the oath of the party making it, before a notary or officer having authority to administer oaths.
  • Affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Amortization: Paying off a loan by regular installments.
  • Annual statement: means the statement that an insurer annually files with the director pursuant to section 20-223. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • 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.
  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Appointed actuary: means an individual who is appointed or retained pursuant to section 20-696. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Asset adequacy analysis: means an analysis that meets the standards and other requirements prescribed pursuant to section 20-696. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Attachment: A procedure by which a person's property is seized to pay judgments levied by the court.
  • Authorized: means , when used in the context of assessments pursuant to this article, an assessment for a specified amount approved by the board of directors to be called immediately or in the future from member insurers. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Authorized delegate: means a person designated by the licensee under section 6-1208. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Beneficiary: A person who is entitled to receive the benefits or proceeds of a will, trust, insurance policy, retirement plan, annuity, or other contract. Source: OCC
  • Board: means the guaranty fund board. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Branch: means any banking office other than the principal banking office. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Called: means , when used in the context of assessments pursuant to this article, an authorized assessment for which a notice has been issued by the fund to member insurers requiring payment within the time set forth in the notice. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • commission: means the department of insurance. See Arizona Laws 20-101
  • Common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • Company: means an insurer, fraternal benefit society or reinsurer that is subject to this article pursuant to section 20-696. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Contractual obligation: means an obligation under a covered policy or contract for which coverage is provided pursuant to this article. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Control: means ownership of fifteen per cent or more of a licensee or controlling person, or the power to vote fifteen per cent or more of the outstanding voting securities of a licensee or controlling person. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Controlling person: means a person directly or indirectly in control of a licensee. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Covered claim: means an unpaid claim, including one for unearned premium, which arises out of and is within the coverage of an insurance policy to which this article applies issued by an insurer, if such insurer becomes an insolvent insurer after August 27, 1977 and the claimant or insured is a resident of this state at the time of the insured event or the property from which the claim arises is permanently located in this state. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • covered policy: means a policy or contract or part of a policy or contract for which coverage is provided pursuant to this article. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Department: means the department of financial institutions. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Discovery: Lawyers' examination, before trial, of facts and documents in possession of the opponents to help the lawyers prepare for trial.
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Enterprise: means any person under the jurisdiction of the department other than a financial institution. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Escrow: Money given to a third party to be held for payment until certain conditions are met.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Fair market value: The price at which an asset would change hands in a transaction between a willing, informed buyer and a willing, informed seller.
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: A government corporation that insures the deposits of all national and state banks that are members of the Federal Reserve System. Source: OCC
  • Federal Reserve System: The central bank of the United States. The Fed, as it is commonly called, regulates the U.S. monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve System is composed of a central governmental agency in Washington, D.C. (the Board of Governors) and twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks in major cities throughout the United States. Source: OCC
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
  • Fund: means the Arizona property and casualty insurance guaranty fund. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Fund: means the life and disability insurance guaranty fund. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Garnishment: Generally, garnishment is a court proceeding in which a creditor asks a court to order a third party who owes money to the debtor or otherwise holds assets belonging to the debtor to turn over to the creditor any of the debtor
  • Germane: On the subject of the pending bill or other business; a strict standard of relevance.
  • guaranteed investment contract: means any unallocated group contract, investment contract, funding agreement, guaranteed interest contract or other similar instrument by whatever name in which an insurance company agrees to guarantee a fixed or variable rate of interest or a future payment that is based on an index or any other similar criteria, that is payable at a predetermined date on monies that are deposited with the insurance company and that is not dependent on the continuance of human life. See Arizona Laws 20-208
  • Guarantor: A party who agrees to be responsible for the payment of another party's debts should that party default. Source: OCC
  • Impaired insurer: means a member insurer that is not an insolvent insurer and that is placed under an order of rehabilitation or conservation by a court of competent jurisdiction. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Indemnification: In general, a collateral contract or assurance under which one person agrees to secure another person against either anticipated financial losses or potential adverse legal consequences. Source: FDIC
  • Insolvent insurer: means an insurer that is licensed to transact insurance in this state either at the time the policy was issued or when the insured event occurred and against whom an order of liquidation with a finding of insolvency has been entered after September 19, 2007 by a court of competent jurisdiction in the insurer's state of domicile or by this state pursuant to section 20-623, and the order of liquidation has not been stayed or been the subject of a writ of supersedeas or other comparable order. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Insolvent insurer: means a member insurer that is placed under an order of liquidation with a finding of insolvency by a court of competent jurisdiction. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Joint tenancy: A form of property ownership in which two or more parties hold an undivided interest in the same property that was conveyed under the same instrument at the same time. A joint tenant can sell his (her) interest but not dispose of it by will. Upon the death of a joint tenant, his (her) undivided interest is distributed among the surviving joint tenants.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Licensee: means a person licensed under this chapter. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Location: means a place of business at which activity regulated by this chapter occurs. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Member insurer: means any person who writes any kind of insurance, unless such writing is restricted solely to life, title, surety, disability, credit, mortgage guaranty, ocean-marine or surplus lines insurance, including the exchange of reciprocal or inter-insurance contracts, and is licensed to transact insurance in this state. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Member insurer: means an insurer or health care services organization that holds a certificate of authority to transact in this state any kind of insurance or health care services organization business to which this article applies and includes an insurer or health care services organization whose license or certificate of authority in this state may have been suspended, revoked, not renewed or voluntarily withdrawn. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Money: means a medium of exchange that is authorized or adopted by a domestic or foreign government as a part of its currency and that is customarily used and accepted as a medium of exchange in the country of issuance. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Money transmitter: means a person who is located or doing business in this state, including a check casher and a foreign money exchanger, and who does any of the following:

    (a) Sells or issues payment instruments. See Arizona Laws 6-1201

  • Month: means a calendar month unless otherwise expressed. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgage loan: A loan made by a lender to a borrower for the financing of real property. Source: OCC
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Mortgagor: The person who pledges property to a creditor as collateral for a loan and who receives the money.
  • National Bank: A bank that is subject to the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department. A national bank can be recognized because it must have "national" or "national association" in its name. Source: OCC
  • Net direct written premiums: means direct gross premiums written in this state on insurance policies to which this article applies, less return premiums and dividends paid or credited to policyholders on such direct business. See Arizona Laws 20-661
  • Oath: includes an affirmation or declaration. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Outstanding payment instruments: means unpaid payment instruments whose sale has been reported to a licensee. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Payment instrument: means a check, draft, money order, traveler's check or other instrument or order for the transmission or payment of money sold to one or more persons whether or not that instrument or order is negotiable. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • Permissible investment: means any of the following:

    (a) Money on hand or on deposit in the name of the licensee. See Arizona Laws 6-1201

  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action and evidences of debt. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • Precedent: A court decision in an earlier case with facts and law similar to a dispute currently before a court. Precedent will ordinarily govern the decision of a later similar case, unless a party can show that it was wrongly decided or that it differed in some significant way.
  • Process: means a citation, writ or summons issued in the course of judicial proceedings. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Prosecute: To charge someone with a crime. A prosecutor tries a criminal case on behalf of the government.
  • Qualified actuary: means any individual who meets the requirements prescribed in section 20-696. See Arizona Laws 20-696.01
  • Registered mail: includes certified mail. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Resident: means a person to whom a contractual obligation is owed and who resides in this state on the date of entry of a court order that determines a member insurer to be an impaired insurer or an insolvent insurer. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Responsible individual: means a person who is employed by a licensee and who has principal active management authority over the business of the licensee in this state that is regulated under this chapter. See Arizona Laws 6-1201
  • 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.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Structured settlement annuity: means an annuity purchased in order to fund periodic payments for a plaintiff or other claimant in payment for or with respect to personal injury suffered by the plaintiff or other claimant. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • Subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • subscription: includes a mark, if a person cannot write, with the person's name written near it and witnessed by a person who writes the person's own name as witness. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Superintendent: means the superintendent of financial institutions. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Testify: includes every manner of oral statement under oath or affirmation. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • Title: includes this title, title 32, chapters 9 and 36 and title 44, chapter 2. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • Unallocated annuity contract: means an annuity contract or group annuity certificate that is not issued to and owned by an individual, except to the extent of any annuity benefits guaranteed to an individual by an insurer under the contract or certificate. See Arizona Laws 20-681
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the territories. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Venue: The geographical location in which a case is tried.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.
  • Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writ: means an order or precept in writing issued in the name of the state or by a court or judicial officer. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Writing: includes printing. See Arizona Laws 1-215