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FRIENDLY SOCIETIES ACT,
13 & 14 Vict. CAP. 115,
BY WILLIAM PATERSON, ESQ.,
Author of " Joint-Stock Companies Act," fc.
This act repeals the former acts under which Friendly Societies might have been established, and consolidates in one statute all the laws relating to such societies. Henceforth, except as to such societies as have been formed before this act was passed, this present act will be the only one to be considered. That is the advantage of a consolidation act. In general, the provisions of the repealed acts are to continue in force as to societies established under them before the passing of this act, but there are some exceptions to this, and also there are some provisions of this act which apply equally to societies established under the repealed acts before the passing of the present act, as to those which may hereafter be formed. Of these, are the following ; viz., a clause which makes it illegal to assure a sum to be paid on the death of a child under the age of ten years, except the actual funeral expenses not exceeding 31., which are to be paid only to the undertaker or person by whom the burial is conducted, and which makes it also illegal to pay any sum on the death of a member, or of the husband, wife, or child of a member without a certificate