2013 Mississippi Code
Title 83 - INSURANCE
Chapter 37 - BURIAL ASSOCIATIONS
§ 83-37-5 - Articles of incorporation; restriction on formation of new companies


MS Code § 83-37-5 (2013) What's This?

(1) Until July 1, 1996, companies may be formed and organized to engage in the business herein mentioned with a capital stock of not less than Five Thousand Dollars ($ 5,000.00). The proposed incorporators, a majority of whom must be residents of the state, and not less than three (3), shall subscribe articles of incorporation in which shall be stated:

(a) The proposed corporate name of the company, which shall not so closely resemble the name of any corporation already transacting business in this state as to mislead the public or lead to confusion;

(b) The purpose for which it was formed and the business plan or principle of the operation of its business;

(c) The names, residences and official titles of all the officers who are to have and exercise the general control and management of the affairs and the funds of the corporation;

(d) The domicile of the proposed corporation;

(e) The amount of the capital stock.

The charter or articles of incorporation shall be approved by the Insurance Commissioner, and a certificate of approval shall be executed by the commissioner. The charter as thus approved shall be recorded in the Office of the Insurance Commissioner of this state and shall also be recorded in the Office of the Secretary of State.

(2) After July 1, 1996, no new companies may be formed and organized to engage in the business mentioned herein.

(3) No companies formed and organized to engage in the business herein mentioned may be sold, transferred or exchanged without prior approval of the Commissioner of Insurance. Before approval by the commissioner is granted, the commissioner shall verify and require that the company has an enforceable agreement with a duly licensed funeral service establishment pursuant to Section 73-11-55 to service the policies, contracts or certificates of the company; however, there shall be no reduction in benefits paid under the policy if the policyholder is affected by a merger or assumption and elects not to use the funeral home so designated under the assumption agreement.

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