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Title 33, Chapter 23, Section 1 (33-23-1)

(a) As used in this article, the term:

(1) "Adjuster" means any person who for a fee, commission, salary, or other compensation investigates, settles, or adjusts and reports to his or her employer or principal with respect to claims arising under insurance contracts on behalf of the insurer or the insured or a person who directly supervises or manages such person. The term "adjuster" does not include:

(A) Persons who adjust claims arising under contracts of life or marine insurance or annuities; or

(B) An agent or a salaried employee of an agent or a salaried employee of an insurer who adjusts or assists in adjusting losses under policies issued by such agent or insurer.

(2) "Agency" means a person who represents one or more insurers and is engaged in the business of soliciting or procuring insurance or applications for insurance or issuing or delivering contracts of insurance for one or more insurers.

(3) "Agent" means an individual appointed or employed by an insurer who solicits insurance or procures applications for insurance; who in any way, directly or indirectly, makes or causes to be made any contract of insurance for or on account of an insurer; or who as representative of an insurer receives money for transmission to the insurer for a contract of insurance, anything in the application or contract to the contrary notwithstanding, and who has on file with the Commissioner a certificate of authority from each insurer with whom the agent places insurance.

(4) "Controlled business of a person" means property or casualty insurance for a person or a person's spouse; for any relative by blood or marriage within the second degree of kinship as defined by paragraph (5) of Code Section 53-4-2; for a person's employer or the firm of which a person is a member; for any officer, director, stockholder, or member of a person's employer or of any firm of which a person is a partner; for any spouse of the officer, director, employer, stockholder, or member of a person's firm; for a person's ward or employee; or for any person or in regard to any property under a person's control or supervision in any fiduciary capacity.

(5) "Counselor" means any person who engages or advertises or holds himself or herself out as engaging in the business of counseling, advising, or rendering opinions as to the benefits promised under any contract of insurance issued or offered by any insurer or as to the terms, value, effect, advantages, or disadvantages under the contract of insurance, other than an actuary or consultant advising insurers. When receiving a fee, commission, or other compensation for this service, such person shall not receive any compensation from any other source on or relating to the same transaction.

(6) "Independent adjuster" means an adjuster representing the interest of the insurer who is not an employee of such insurer.

(7) "Insurance," except where the type of insurance is specifically stated, means all kinds of insurance other than bail bonding by individual sureties.

(8) "Public adjuster" means any person who solicits, advertises for, or otherwise agrees to represent only a person who is insured under a policy covering fire, windstorm, water damage, and other physical damage to real and personal property other than vehicles licensed for the road, and any such representation shall be limited to the settlement of a claim or claims under the policy for damages to real and personal property, including related loss of income and living expense losses but excluding claims arising out of any motor vehicle accident.

(9) "Subagent" means any licensed agent, except as provided in Code Section 33-23-12 of this article, who acts for or on behalf of another licensed agent in the solicitation of, negotiations for, or procurement or making of an insurance contract or annuity contract whether or not the person is designated by the agent as subagent, solicitor, or any other title and who has on file with the Commissioner a certificate of authority from each agent with whom the subagent places insurance. The term "subagent" shall not include:

(A) An agent who places insurance with or through another agent involving 12 or fewer policies or certificates of insurance in any one calendar year; or

(B) An agent who places surplus lines insurance with or through a surplus lines broker only with respect to such surplus lines insurance.

(10) "Surplus lines broker" means a person as defined in Code Section 33-1-2.

(b) The definitions of agent, subagent, counselor, and adjuster in subsection (a) of this Code section shall not be deemed to include:

(1) Any regular salaried officer or employee of an insurer or of an agent or subagent who performs only clerical or administrative services in connection with any insurance transaction so long as such person is not involved in soliciting insurance or signing contracts;

(2) An attorney at law admitted to practice in this state, when handling the collections of premiums or advising clients as to insurance as a function incidental to the practice of law or who, from time to time, adjusts losses which are incidental to the practice of his or her profession;

(3) Any representative of ocean marine insurers;

(4) Any representative of farmers' mutual fire insurance companies as defined in Chapter 16 of this title;

(5) A salaried employee of a credit or character reporting firm or agency not engaged in the insurance business who may, however, report to an insurer;

(6) A person acting for or as a collection agency; or (7) A person who makes the salary deductions of premiums for employees or, under a group insurance plan, a person who serves the master policyholder of group insurance in administering the details of such insurance for the employees or debtors of the master policyholder or of a firm or corporation by which the person is employed and who does not receive insurance commissions for such service; provided, further, that an administration fee not exceeding 5 percent of the premiums collected paid by the insurer to the administration office shall not be construed to be an insurance commission.

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