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Maryland Insurance 12-201 (b) Insurable interest. -- (2) (i) For individuals related closely by blood or law, a substantial interest engendered by love.

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2 Maryland Insurance (b) Insurable interest. -- (2) (i) For individuals related closely by blood or law, a substantial interest engendered by love and affection is an insurable interest. (ii) For the prospective parent of a prospective adoptive child, an insurable interest exists in the life of the child as of the date of the earlier of: 1. a placement for adoption, as defined in § of the Family Law Article, provided that: A. any consents required under Title 5, Subtitle 3 or Subtitle 3A of the Family Law Article have been given; or B. a decree awarding guardianship has been granted under Title 5, Subtitle 3 or Subtitle 3A of the Family Law Article; or 2. an interlocutory or final decree of adoption. (3) For persons other than individuals closely related by blood or law, a lawful and substantial economic interest in the continuation of the life, health, or bodily safety of the individual is an insurable interest but an interest that arises only by, or would be enhanced in value by, the death, disablement, or injury of the individual is not an insurable interest. (4) (i) This paragraph applies only to employees with respect to whom the corporate employer or an employer sponsored trust for the benefits of employees is the beneficiary under an insurance contract, if the employer is: ….§ of the Family Law Article

3 (5) (i) This paragraph applies only to a contract or option for the purchase or sale of: 1. an interest in a business partnership or firm; or 2. stock shares, or an interest in stock shares, of a close corporation. (ii) An individual party to a contract or option described in subparagraph (i) of this paragraph has an insurable interest in the life of each individual party to the contract or option. (iii) The insurable interest specified in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph: 1. is only for the purposes of the contract or option; and 2. is in addition to any other insurable interest that may exist on the life of an individual party to the contract or option. (6) The trustee of a trust has an insurable interest in the life of an individual insured under a life insurance policy owned by the trust or the trustee of a trust if, on the date on which the policy is issued: (i) the insured is: 1. the grantor of the trust; 2. an individual related closely by blood or law to the grantor; or 3. an individual in whom the grantor otherwise has an insurable interest; and (ii) the life insurance proceeds are primarily for the benefit of trust beneficiaries having an insurable interest in the life of the insured. Maryland Ins , cont’d

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6 Life Insurance: Insurable Interest Life insurance policies can be divided into two general classes Class 1: policies which are taken out by the insured on his own life for the benefit of another (the beneficiary); –Every person has an insurable interest in his own life and may insure it for the benefit of his estate or may insure it for the benefit of any person whom he sees fit to name as the beneficiary, regardless of whether such person has an insurable interest in his life. Class 2: policies taken out by a third person on the life of the insured. –The question whether a person may take out a life insurance policy on his life and make it payable to a brother or sister are of little interest in an inquiry strictly limited to a determination of the term "insurable interest" since these cases are decided, for all practical purposes, on the basis of the broad principle mentioned in which the closeness of the relationship between insured and beneficiary is immaterial.

7 Actual Cash Value Three tests –(1) market value –(2) replacement cost less depreciation –(3) the "broad evidence" rule.

8 Noah and Siblings Sibling insures sibling –Is there pecuniary interests? If yes, you have insurable interest. If not, question is whether insurance is an unlawful wager. –First to statute if no pecuniary interest. Georgia siblings have statutory insurable interest. –If no pecuniary interest and no statute, majority rule says yes. Minority rule still says no insurable interest –Noah is in line with the majority rule that supporting the proposition that one has an insurable interest in the life of his sibling solely by virtue of the relationship alone

9 Broad Evidence Rule Evaluate every fact and circumstance which would logically tend to the formation of a correct estimate of the loss. Goal of rule: Avoid undervaluation which denies what he is owed. Over-valuation tempts the insured to cause the loss or underinsure potential loss The "broad evidence rule" gives considerable leeway and latitude to the trier of facts Maryland seems to follow broad evidence rule –Schreiber v. Pacific Coast Fire Ins. Co., 195 Md. 639 (1950)


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