Some insurance agents earn commissions not only when they sell a life insurance policy, but are also paid renewal commissions when the insurance policy is renewed (and premiums paid) in subsequent years.
This could present an issue in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Case filed by an insurance agent. If an insurance policy is sold before the bankruptcy is filed, the Chapter 7 Trustee may take the position that because the right to payment of post-petition renewal commissions is rooted in the pre-bankruptcy transaction (and fully earned pre-bankruptcy), these commissions are part of the bankruptcy estate (and may be seized by the Trustee to pay a dividend to creditors).
The counter-argument is that the renewal commissions should be excluded from the bankruptcy estate to the extent that they constitute exempt earnings from post-petition services. The strength of this argument will depend in part on what services (if any) the insurance agent provides in connection with the renewal.
Todd S. Frankenthal handles bankruptcy cases in several counties in Florida, including Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County, where property of the estate issues arise and are resolved.