§ 18-16-8. Insurance transactions.
(a) In a statutory short form of power of attorney, the language conferring general authority with respect to insurance transactions shall be construed to mean that the principal authorizes the agent:
(1) To continue, pay the premium or assessment on, modify, rescind, release or terminate any contract of life, accident, health, disability or liability insurance or any combination of this insurance procured by or on behalf of the principal prior to the creation of the agency which insures either the principal or any other person, without regard to whether the principal is or is not a beneficiary under the contract;
(2) To procure new, different or additional contracts of insurance on the life of the principal or protecting the principal with respect to ill-health, disability, accident or liability of any sort; to select the amount, the type of insurance contract and the mode of payment under each policy; to pay the premium or assessment on, modify, rescind, release or terminate any contract procured by the agent, and to designate the beneficiary of any contract of insurance; provided, no agent shall be the beneficiary unless the agent is the spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother or sister of the principal; and provided, further, that the agent may not change the beneficiary of a policy taken out by the principal;
(3) To apply for and receive any available loan on the security of the contract of insurance, whether for the payment of a premium or for the procuring of cash; to surrender and thereupon receive the cash surrender value; to exercise any election as to beneficiary or mode of payment; to change the manner of paying premiums; to change or to convert the type of insurance contract, with respect to any contract or life, accident, health, disability or liability insurance as to which the principal has, or claims to have, any one or more of the powers described in this section;
(4) To demand, receive or obtain by action, proceeding or otherwise any money, dividend or other thing of value to which the principal is, or may become, or may claim to be, entitled as the proceeds of any contract of insurance or of one or more of the transactions enumerated in this section; to conserve, invest, disburse or utilize anything received for purposes enumerated in this section, and to be reimbursed for any expenditures properly made by him or her in the execution of the powers conferred on him or her by the statutory short form power of attorney;
(5) To apply for and procure any available governmental aid in the guaranteeing or paying of premiums of any contract of insurance on the life of the principal;
(6) To sell, assign, hypothecate, borrow upon or pledge the interest of the principal in any contract of insurance;
(7) To pay, from the proceeds or otherwise, compromise or contest, and apply for refunds in connection with, any tax or assessment levied by a taxing authority with respect to any contract of insurance or the proceeds of it or liability accruing by reason of that tax or assessment;
(8) To agree and contract, in any manner, and with any person and on any terms, which the agent may select for the accomplishment of any of the purposes enumerated in this section, and to perform, rescind, reform, release or modify any such agreement or contract;
(9) To execute, acknowledge, seal and deliver any consent, demand, request, application, agreement, indemnity, authorization, assignment, pledge, notice, check, receipt, waiver or other instrument which the agent deems useful for the accomplishment of any of the purposes enumerated in this section;
(10) To continue, procure, pay the premium or assessment on, modify, rescind, release, terminate or otherwise deal with any contract of insurance, other than those enumerated in subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, whether fire, marine, burglary, compensation, disability, liability, hurricane, casualty, or other type, or any combination of insurance; to do any act or acts with respect to any such contract or with respect to its proceeds or enforcement which the agent deems to be desirable or necessary for the promotion or protection of the interests of the principal;
(11) To prosecute, defend, submit to arbitration, settle and propose or accept a compromise with respect to any claim existing in favor of, or against, the principal based on or involving any insurance transaction or to intervene in any action or proceeding relating to any claim;
(12) To hire, discharge and compensate any attorney, accountant, expert witness or other assistant or assistants when the agent deems this action to be desirable for the proper execution by him or her of any of the powers described in this section and for the keeping of needed records of these actions; and
(13) In general, and in addition to all the specific acts enumerated in this section, to do any other act or acts, which the principal can do through an agent, in connection with procuring, supervising, managing, modifying, enforcing and terminating contracts of insurance in which the principal is the insured or is otherwise in any way interested.
(b) All powers described in this section shall be exercisable with respect to any contract of insurance in which the principal is in any way interested, whether made in the state of Rhode Island or elsewhere.
(P.L. 1996, ch. 375, § 1.)