NU Online News Service, April 4, 8:18 p.m. – The Colorado Senate is considering a bill, H.B. 1330, that could help the state’s consumers protect more of the cash value of their life insurance from creditors.
The bill would increase the amount exempted from writs of execution and writs of attachment to $50,000, from the current limit of $25,000.
The bill also seeks to discourage consumers with shaky finances from abusing the cash-value exemption.
Today, Colorado does allow creditors to go after the first $25,000 in cash value, to the extent that the increase in cash value comes from funds contributed during the preceding 24 months.
H.B. 1330 would increase the lookback period to 48 months.
The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Joe Stengel, R-Arapahoe, Colo., affects only life insurance policy cash values. Colorado already allows an unlimited exemption for policy death benefits when parties other than the estate of the insured are the beneficiaries.
The House passed the bill in March by a 64-to-1 vote, according to the official House Journal.
The bill is now under the jurisdiction of the Senate Public Policy and Planning Committee. The lead sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Jim Dyer, R-Arapahoe.