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    Subdivision 1. Origination fee. The registrant may charge a nonrefundable origination fee
of not more than $50, which may be retained by the registrant from the initial amount paid by
the debtor to the registrant.
    Subd. 2. Monthly maintenance fee. The registrant may charge a periodic fee for account
maintenance or other purposes, but only if the fee is reasonable for the services provided and does
not exceed the lesser of 15 percent of the monthly payment amount or $75.
    Subd. 3. Additional fees unauthorized. A registrant may not impose any fee or other charge
or receive any funds or other payment other than the initial fee or monthly maintenance fee
authorized by this section.
    Subd. 4. Amount of periodic payments retained. The registrant may retain as payment for
the fees authorized by this section no more than 15 percent of any periodic payment made to the
registrant by the debtor. The remaining 85 percent must be disbursed to listed creditors under and
in accordance with the debt management services agreement. No fees or charges may be received
or retained by the registrant for any handling of recurring payments. Recurring payments include
current rent, mortgage, utility, telephone, maintenance as defined in section 518.27, child support,
insurance premiums, and such other payments as the commissioner may by rule prescribe.
    Subd. 5. Advance payments. No fees or charges may be received or retained for any
payments by the debtor made more than the following number of days in advance of the date
specified in the debt management services agreement on which they are due: (1) 42 days in the
case of contracts requiring monthly payments; (2) 15 days in the case of agreements requiring
biweekly payments; or (3) seven days in the case of agreements requiring weekly payments. For
those agreements which do not require payments in specified amounts, a payment is deemed an
advance payment to the extent it exceeds twice the average regular payment previously made by
the debtor under that contract. This subdivision does not apply when the debtor intends to use the
advance payments to satisfy future payment of obligations due within 30 days under the contract.
This subdivision supersedes any inconsistent provision of this chapter.
    Subd. 6. Consent of creditors. A registrant must actively seek to obtain the consent of
all creditors to the debt management services plan set forth in the debt management services
agreement. Consent by a creditor may be express and in writing, or may be evidenced by
acceptance of a payment made under the debt management services plan set forth in the contract.
The registrant must notify the debtor within ten days after any failure to obtain the required
consent and of the debtor's right to cancel without penalty. The notice must be in a form as the
commissioner shall prescribe. Nothing contained in this section is deemed to require the return of
any origination fee and any fees earned by the registrant prior to cancellation or default.
    Subd. 7. Withdrawal of creditor. Whenever a creditor withdraws from a debt management
services plan, or refuses to participate in a debt management services plan, the registrant must
promptly notify the debtor of the withdrawal or refusal. In no case may this notice be provided
more than 15 days after the debt management services provider learns of the creditor's decision
to withdraw from or refuse to participate in a plan. This notice must include the identity of the
creditor withdrawing from the plan, the amount of the monthly payment to that creditor, and the
right of the debtor to cancel the agreement under section 332A.11.
    Subd. 8. Payments held in trust. The registrant must maintain a separate trust account and
deposit in the account all payments received from the moment that they are received, except that
the registrant may commingle the payment with the registrant's own property or funds, but only to
the extent necessary to ensure the maintenance of a minimum balance if the financial institution at
which the trust account is held requires a minimum balance to avoid the assessment of fees or
penalties for failure to maintain a minimum balance. All disbursements, whether to the debtor or
to the creditors of the debtor, or to the registrant, must be made from such account.
    Subd. 9. Timely payment of creditors. The registrant must disburse any funds paid by or on
behalf of a debtor to creditors of the consumer within 42 days after receipt of the funds, or earlier
if necessary to comply with the due date in the agreement between the debtor and the creditor,
unless the reasonable payment of one or more of the debtor's obligations requires that the funds
be held for a longer period so as to accumulate a sum certain, or where the debtor's payment is
returned for insufficient funds or other reason that makes the withholding of such payments in the
net interest of the debtor.
History: 2007 c 57 art 3 s 56

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