California Military and Veterans Code Section 409.1

CA Mil & Vet Code § 409.1 (2017)  

(a) Where any life insurance policy on the life of a service member in military service has been assigned prior to that person’s period of military service to secure the payment of any obligation of the person, no assignee of the policy, except the insurer in connection with a policy loan, shall, during the period of military service of the insured or within one year thereafter, except upon the consent in writing of the insured made during that period or when the premiums thereon are due and unpaid or upon the death of the insured, exercise any right or option by virtue of that assignment unless upon leave of court granted upon an application made therefor by the assignee. The court may thereupon refuse to grant that leave unless in the opinion of the court the ability of the obligor to comply with the terms of the obligation is not materially affected by reason of his or her military service.

(b) No person shall exercise any right to foreclose or enforce any lien for storage of household goods, furniture, or personal effects of a service member during that person’s period of military service and for three months thereafter, except upon an order previously granted by a court upon application therefor and a return thereto made and approved by the court. In that proceeding the court may, after hearing, in its discretion on its own motion, and shall, on petition to it by a service member or some person on his or her behalf, unless in the opinion of the court the ability of the defendant to pay the storage charges due is not materially affected by reason of his or her military service, do either of the following:

(1) Stay the proceedings as provided in this chapter.

(2) Make that other disposition of the case as may be equitable to conserve the interest of all parties. This section shall not be construed in any way as affecting or as limiting the scope of Section 408.

(c) Any person violating this section shall be liable for actual damages, reasonable attorney’s fees, and costs incurred by the injured party.

(d) A person violating any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and shall be punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one year or by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 385, Sec. 8. (AB 2365) Effective January 1, 2011.)

Last modified: October 25, 2018