(a) A person entitled to compensation under Section 103.001(a) may elect to receive reduced alternative annuity payments under this section instead of standard annuity payments.
(b) Alternative annuity payments are payable throughout the life of the claimant and are actuarially reduced from the standard annuity payments to their actuarial equivalent under the option selected under Subsection (c).

Terms Used In Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code 103.0535

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Comptroller: means the state comptroller of public accounts. See Texas Government Code 312.011
  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Texas Government Code 312.011
  • Person: includes corporation, organization, government or governmental subdivision or agency, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, and any other legal entity. See Texas Government Code 311.005
  • Remainder: An interest in property that takes effect in the future at a specified time or after the occurrence of some event, such as the death of a life tenant.

(c) A claimant may select one of the following options, which provide that:
(1) after the claimant’s death, the alternative annuity payments are payable to and throughout the life of the claimant’s spouse;
(2) after the claimant’s death, three-fourths of the initial alternative annuity payment amount is payable to and throughout the life of the claimant’s spouse;
(3) after the claimant’s death, one-half of the initial alternative annuity payment amount is payable to and throughout the life of the claimant’s spouse;
(4) if the claimant dies before 180 monthly alternative annuity payments have been made, the remainder of the 180 payments are payable to the claimant’s spouse or designated beneficiary; or
(5) if the claimant dies before 120 monthly alternative annuity payments have been made, the remainder of the 120 payments are payable to the claimant’s spouse or designated beneficiary.
(d) An election under this section must be made not later than the 45th day after the date:
(1) on which the claimant files with the comptroller the application required by Section 103.051; or
(2) on which the claimant experiences one of the following life-changing events:
(A) marriage or divorce of the claimant;
(B) the addition of a dependent of the claimant; or
(C) the death of a dependent, spouse, or beneficiary of the claimant.
(d-1) An election under Subsection (d) must be made on a form prescribed by the comptroller that:
(1) identifies the claimant’s spouse or designated beneficiary according to Section 103.0536; and
(2) specifies the option selected under Subsection (c).
(e) A claimant who elects to receive alternative annuity payments under this section that are payable to the claimant and the claimant’s spouse and survives the claimant’s spouse is entitled to an increase in the amount of the claimant’s monthly annuity payments so that the claimant’s monthly payments equal the monthly payments the claimant would have received had the claimant not elected to receive the alternative annuity payments. The claimant is entitled to the increased payments beginning the month after the month in which the claimant’s spouse dies and ending on the date of the claimant’s death.