Illinois Compiled Statutes 215 ILCS 5 Illinois Insurance Code. Section 229

    (215 ILCS 5/229) (from Ch. 73, par. 841)

    Sec. 229. Standard Provisions for Industrial Life Insurance. (1) After the effective date of this Section and any amendments thereto, no policy of industrial life insurance shall be issued or delivered in this State, unless the same shall contain in substance the following provisions, and shall be subject to the other provisions of this section:

    (a) A provision that the insured is entitled to a grace period of four weeks within which the payment of any premium after the first, may be made, during which period of grace the policy shall continue in full force but in case the policy becomes a claim during said grace period before the overdue premiums are paid, the amount of overdue premiums may be deducted in any settlement under the policy.

    (b) A provision that the policy shall contain the entire contract between the parties, nothing to be incorporated therein by reference to any constitution, bylaws, rules, application or other writing unless endorsed upon or attached to the policy.

    (c) A provision that the policy shall be incontestable after it shall have been in force during the lifetime of the insured for a specified period, not more than two years from its date, except for nonpayment of premiums and except for violation of the conditions of the policy relating to naval or military service in time of war and except as to provisions relating to benefits in the event of total and permanent disability and those granting additional insurance specifically against death by accident.

    (d) A provision that if it shall be found at any time before final settlement on the policy that the age of the insured (or the age of any other person considered in determining the premium) has been misstated, the amount payable under the policy shall be such as the premium would have purchased at the correct age or ages at the time the policy was issued.

    (e) If a participating policy a provision indicating the conditions under which the company shall annually ascertain and apportion any divisible surplus accruing on the policy.

    (f) A provision for nonforfeiture benefits in accordance with the requirements of section 229.1 (2) or section 229.2.

    (g) If more than one option is provided, a provision as to which of such options shall apply in the event of the insured's failure to notify the company of his selection of an option.

    (h) A provision for cash surrender values in accordance with the requirements of section 229.1 (2) or section 229.2.

    (i) A provision that the policy may be reinstated, if not surrendered for its cash value or if the period of extended term insurance has not expired, within one year from the date of default in payment of premiums upon presentation of evidence satisfactory to the company of the insurability of the insured and the payment of arrears of premiums and the payment or reinstatement of any other indebtedness to the company upon said policy, with interest on said premiums and indebtedness at a rate not exceeding six per centum per annum payable annually.

    (j) A table showing in figures the nonforfeiture options available under the policy every year upon default in payment of premiums during at least the first twenty years of the policy, and a provision that the company will furnish upon request an extension of such table beyond the years shown in the policy.

    (k) A provision that when a policy shall become a claim by the death of the insured, settlement shall be made upon receipt of due proof of death and not later than two months after the receipt of such proof.

    (l) Title on the face of the policy clearly and correctly describing its form.

    (m) A provision, or a notice attached to the policy, to the effect that during a period of 10 days from the date the policy is delivered to the policy owner it may be surrendered to the insurer together with a written request for cancellation of the policy, and that in such event the insurer will refund any premium paid for the policy, including any policy fees or other charges. The Director may by rule exempt specific types of policies from this paragraph.

    (2) Any of the provisions of subsection (1) or portions thereof not applicable to nonparticipating or term policies shall to that extent not be incorporated therein. The provisions of this section shall not apply to policies issued or granted pursuant to the nonforfeiture provisions prescribed in clauses (f), (g) and (h) of subsection (1).

    (3) Upon proper written request, a named beneficiary shall be designated in, or be endorsed on, the policy, to receive the benefits thereof on the death of the insured, and there shall be reserved the power to change the beneficiary at any time upon proper written request to the company at its home office, accompanied by the policy for endorsement of the change thereon by the company. The company shall have the right to refuse to designate a beneficiary if evidence satisfactory to the company of such beneficiary's insurable interest in the life of the insured is not furnished on request. The policy may provide in substance that any payment thereunder may be made or any nonforfeiture benefit may be granted to the insured or to the insured's estate or to any relative by blood or connection by marriage of the insured, or, to the extent of such portion of any payment under the policy as may reasonably appear to the company to be due to such person, to any other person equitably entitled thereto by reason of having incurred expense occasioned by the maintenance or illness or burial of the insured. If the policy shall be in force at the death of the insured, the proceeds thereof shall be payable to the named beneficiary if living, but unless proof of claim in the manner and form required by the policy, accompanied by delivery of the policy for surrender, has been made by such beneficiary within fifteen days after the death of the insured, then upon the expiration of said fifteen days, or if the beneficiary is the estate of the insured, or is a minor, or is not legally qualified to give a valid release or dies before the insured, the company may pay to any person permitted by the policy.

(Source: P.A. 82-594.)

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