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(225 ILCS 45/1a-1)
(a) It shall be unlawful for any seller doing business
this State to accept sales proceeds from a purchaser, either directly or
indirectly by any means, unless the seller enters into a
with the purchaser which meets the following requirements:
(1) It states the name and address of the principal
office of the seller and the parent company of the seller, if any.
(1.5) If funded by a trust, it clearly identifies the
trustee's name and address and the primary state or federal regulator of the trustee as a corporate fiduciary.
(1.7) If funded by life insurance, it clearly
identifies the life insurance provider and the primary regulator of the life insurance provider.
(2) It clearly identifies the provider's name and
address, the purchaser, and the beneficiary, if other than the purchaser.
(2.5) If the provider has branch locations, the
contract gives the purchaser the opportunity to identify the branch at which the funeral will be provided.
(3) It contains a complete description of the funeral
merchandise and services to be provided and the price of the merchandise and services, and it clearly discloses whether the price of the merchandise and services is guaranteed or not guaranteed as to price.
(A) Each guaranteed price contract shall contain
the following statement in 12 point bold type:
THIS CONTRACT GUARANTEES THE BENEFICIARY THE
SPECIFIC GOODS AND SERVICES CONTRACTED FOR. NO ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE REQUIRED. FOR DESIGNATED GOODS AND SERVICES, ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE INCURRED FOR UNEXPECTED EXPENSES INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, CASH ADVANCES, SHIPPING OF REMAINS FROM A DISTANT PLACE, OR DESIGNATED HONORARIA ORDERED OR DIRECTED BY SURVIVORS.
(B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C) of
this paragraph (3), each non-guaranteed price contract shall contain the following statement in 12 point bold type:
THIS CONTRACT DOES NOT GUARANTEE THE PRICE THE
BENEFICIARY WILL PAY FOR ANY SPECIFIC GOODS OR SERVICES. ANY FUNDS PAID UNDER THIS CONTRACT ARE ONLY A DEPOSIT TO BE APPLIED TOWARD THE FINAL PRICE OF THE GOODS OR SERVICES CONTRACTED FOR. ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE REQUIRED.
(C) If a non-guaranteed price contract may
subsequently become guaranteed, the contract shall clearly disclose the nature of the guarantee and the time, occurrence, or event upon which the contract shall become a guaranteed price contract.
(4) It provides that if the particular supplies and
services specified in the pre-need contract are unavailable at the time of delivery, the provider shall be required to furnish supplies and services similar in style and at least equal in quality of material and workmanship.
(5) It discloses any penalties or restrictions,
including but not limited to geographic restrictions or the inability of the provider to perform, on the delivery of merchandise, services, or pre-need contract guarantees.
(6) Regardless of the method of funding the pre-need
contract, the following must be disclosed:
(A) Whether the pre-need contract is to be funded
by a trust, life insurance, or an annuity;
(B) The nature of the relationship among the
person funding the pre-need contract, the provider, and the seller; and
(C) The impact on the pre-need contract of (i)
any changes in the funding arrangement including but not limited to changes in the assignment, beneficiary designation, or use of the funds; (ii) any specific penalties to be incurred by the contract purchaser as a result of failure to make payments; (iii) penalties to be incurred or moneys or refunds to be received as a result of cancellations; and (iv) all relevant information concerning what occurs and whether any entitlements or obligations arise if there is a difference between the proceeds of the particular funding arrangement and the amount actually needed to pay for the funeral at-need.
(D) The method of changing the
(b) All pre-need contracts are subject to the Federal Trade Commission Rule
concerning the Cooling-Off Period for Door-to-Door Sales (16 CFR Part 429).
(c) No pre-need contract shall be sold in this State unless
there is a provider for the services and personal property being
sold. If the seller is not a provider, then the seller must have a binding agreement with a provider, and
the identity of the provider and the nature of the agreement between the seller
and the provider shall be disclosed in the pre-need contract at the time of the
sale and before the receipt of any sales proceeds. The failure to disclose the
identity of the provider, the nature of the agreement between the seller and
the provider, or any changes thereto to the purchaser and beneficiary, or the
failure to make the disclosures required in subdivision (a)(1), constitutes an
intentional violation of this Act.
(d) All pre-need contracts must be in writing in at least 11 point type,
numbered, and executed in duplicate. A signed
copy of the pre-need contract must be provided to the purchaser at the time of
entry into the pre-need contract. The Comptroller may by rule develop
a model pre-need contract form that meets the requirements of this Act.
(e) The State Comptroller shall by rule develop a booklet for
consumers in plain English describing
the scope, application, and consumer protections of this Act. After the
adoption of these rules, no pre-need contract shall be sold in this State
unless (i) the seller distributes to the purchaser prior to the sale a
booklet promulgated or approved for use by the State Comptroller; (ii) the
seller explains to the purchaser the terms of the pre-need contract prior to
the purchaser signing; and (iii) the purchaser initials a statement in the
contract confirming that the seller has explained the terms of the contract
prior to the purchaser signing.
(f) All sales proceeds received in connection with a pre-need
contract shall be deposited into a trust account as provided in
Section 1b and Section 2 of this Act, or shall be used to purchase a life
insurance policy or tax-deferred annuity as provided in Section 2a
of this Act.
(g) No pre-need contract shall be sold in this State unless it is
accompanied by a funding mechanism permitted under this Act, and unless the
seller is licensed by the Comptroller as provided in Section 3
of this Act.
Nothing in this Act is intended to relieve sellers of pre-need
being licensed under any other Act required for their profession or business,
and being subject to the rules promulgated to regulate their profession or
business, including rules on solicitation and advertisement.
(Source: P.A. 96-879, eff. 2-2-10.)