§431:15-325  Filing of claims.  (a)  Proof of all claims shall be filed with the liquidator in the form required by section 431:15-326 on or before the last day for filing specified in the notice required under section 431:15-311, except that proof of claims for cash surrender values or other investment value in life insurance and annuities need not be filed unless the liquidator expressly so requires.

     (b)  The liquidator may permit a claimant making a late filing to share in distributions, whether past or future, as if the claimant were not late, to the extent that any such payment will not prejudice the orderly administration of the liquidation, under the following circumstances:

     (1)  The existence of the claim was not known to the claimant and that the claimant filed such claim as promptly as reasonably possible after learning of it;

     (2)  A transfer to a creditor was avoided under section 431:15-315 through section 431:15-317, or was voluntarily surrendered under section 431:15-318, and that the filing satisfies the conditions of section 431:15-318; and

     (3)  The valuation under section 431:15-331, of security held by a secured creditor shows a deficiency, which is filed within thirty days after the valuation.

     (c)  The liquidator shall permit late filing claims to share in distributions, whether past or future, as if they were not late, if such claims are claims of a guaranty fund or association, or foreign guaranty association for reimbursement of covered claims paid or expenses incurred, or both, subsequent to the last day for filing where such payments were made and expenses incurred as provided by law.

     (d)  The liquidator may consider any claim filed late which is not covered by subsection (b), and permit it to receive distributions which are subsequently declared on any claims of the same or lower priority if the payment does not prejudice the orderly administration of the liquidation.  The late filing claimant shall receive, at each distribution, the same percentage of the amount allowed on the claimant's claim as is then being paid to claimants of any lower priority.  This shall continue until the claimant's claim has been paid in full.

     (e)  Claims by guaranty funds or associations, or foreign guaranty funds or associations shall be filed periodically by the funds or associations pursuant to rules adopted by the commissioner.  These claims shall share in all subsequently declared distributions as if they were not late. [L 1987, c 347, pt of §2]


Case Notes


  In a claim filed by former parent company of liquidated life insurer that the company remained the sole shareholder of the insurer following liquidator's alleged failure to validly forfeit the company's surrendered shares, liquidation court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that the claim was time barred because the company waited more than eleven years before notifying liquidator of the company's claim against the insurer's estate.  135 H. 49, 346 P.3d 118 (2015).