(215 ILCS 5/1590)
Standards of conduct of public adjuster.
(a) A public adjuster is obligated, under his or her license, to serve with objectivity and complete loyalty for the interests of his client alone, and to render to the insured such information, counsel, and service, as within the knowledge, understanding, and opinion in good faith of the licensee, as will best serve the insured's insurance claim needs and interest.
(b) A public adjuster may not propose or attempt to propose to any person that the public adjuster represent that person while a loss-producing occurrence is continuing, nor while the fire department or its representatives are engaged at the damaged premises, nor between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
(c) A public adjuster shall not permit an unlicensed employee or representative of the public adjuster to conduct business for which a license is required under this Article.
(d) A public adjuster shall not have a direct or indirect financial interest in any aspect of the claim, other than the salary, fee, commission, or other consideration established in the written contract with the insured, unless full written disclosure has been made to the insured as set forth in subsection (g) of Section 1575.
(e) A public adjuster shall not acquire any interest in the salvage of property subject to the contract with the insured unless the public adjuster obtains written permission from the insured after settlement of the claim with the insurer as set forth in subsection (g) of Section 1575 of this Article.
(f) The public adjuster shall abstain from referring or directing the insured to get needed repairs or services in connection with a loss from any person, unless disclosed to the insured:
(1) with whom the public adjuster has a financial
(2) from whom the public adjuster may receive direct
or indirect compensation for the referral.
(g) The public adjuster shall disclose to an insured if he or she has any interest or will be compensated by any construction firm, salvage firm, building appraisal firm, board-up company, or any other firm that performs any work in conjunction with damages caused by the insured loss. The word "firm" shall include any corporation, partnership, association, joint-stock company or individual as set forth in Section 1575 of this Article.
(h) Any compensation or anything of value in connection with an insured's specific loss that will be received by a public adjuster shall be disclosed by the public adjuster to the insured in writing including the source and amount of any such compensation.
(i) In all cases where the loss giving rise to the claim for which the public adjuster was retained arise from damage to a personal residence, the insurance proceeds shall be delivered to the named insured or his or her designee. Where proceeds paid by an insurance company are paid jointly to the insured and the public adjuster, the insured shall release such portion of the proceeds that are due the public adjuster within 30 calendar days after the insured's receipt of the insurance company's check, money order, draft, or release of funds. If the proceeds are not so released to the public adjuster within 30 calendar days, the insured shall provide the public adjuster with a written explanation of the reason for the delay.
(j) Public adjusters shall adhere to the following general ethical requirements:
(1) a public adjuster shall not undertake the
adjustment of any claim if the public adjuster is not competent and knowledgeable as to the terms and conditions of the insurance coverage, or which otherwise exceeds the public adjuster's current expertise;
(2) a public adjuster shall not knowingly make any
oral or written material misrepresentations or statements which are false or maliciously critical and intended to injure any person engaged in the business of insurance to any insured client or potential insured client;
(3) no public adjuster, while so licensed by the
Department, may represent or act as a company adjuster or independent adjuster on the same claim;
(4) the contract shall not be construed to prevent an
insured from pursuing any civil remedy after the 5-business day revocation or cancellation period;
(5) a public adjuster shall not enter into a contract
or accept a power of attorney that vests in the public adjuster the effective authority to choose the persons who shall perform repair work;
(6) a public adjuster shall ensure that all contracts
for the public adjuster's services are in writing and set forth all terms and conditions of the engagement; and
(7) a public adjuster shall not advance money or any
valuable consideration, except emergency services to an insured pending adjustment of a claim.
(k) A public adjuster may not agree to any loss settlement without the insured's knowledge and consent and shall, upon the insured's request, provide the insured with a document setting forth the scope, amount, and value of the damages prior to request by the insured for authority to settle the loss.
(l) A public adjuster shall not provide legal advice or representation to the insured or engage in the unauthorized practice of law.
(m) A public adjuster shall not represent that he or she is a representative of an insurance company, a fire department, or the State of Illinois, that he or she is a fire investigator, that his or her services are required for the insured to submit a claim to the insured's insurance company, or that he or she may provide legal advice or representation to the insured. A public adjuster may represent that he or she has been licensed by the State of Illinois.
(Source: P.A. 96-1332, eff. 1-1-11.)