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    Law of Michigan Respecting Wills to Religious Societies

    Sections 22, 23, provides that no officer of a church can hold property as a trustee, and that every gift, grant, devise, bequest, conveyance, or lease, of any real estate, etc., made to such officer by his name of office .... shall be void to all intents and purposes.RESO 14.2

    SEC. 24. Every devise, gift, or bequest of real estate, or any interest therein, or money or other property to be invested therein, or to arise from the proceeds thereof, or of any benefit, use, or trust to be connected therewith, hereafter made or attempted to be made by last will or testament shall be void, so far as such devise, gifts, or bequests, shall be or purport to be made, directly or indirectly, to or for the use of any church, congregation, religious order, or religious society, or to or for the use of any ecclesiastical, educational, or eleemosynary institution connected or to be connected with, or under the control or direction of any such church, congregation, order, or society, or under the control or direction, or subject to the visitorial power of any officer or officers, or other authority of such church, congregation, order, or society, in his, her, or their official or ecclesiastical capacity, unless such will shall have been duly executed, and shall have remained for at least two months prior to the death of the testator without alteration or codicil, on file with the judge of probate of the county in which the testator may reside; and no donation or gift, or other transfer, by deed, lease, or other form of conveyance, not testamentary, without valuable or pecuniary consideration to a reasonable amount, of any lands or real estate, or any interest therein, or moneys to arise therefrom, or to be invested therein, hereafter made or attempted to be made to or for the use of either or any of the parties, for any or either of the purposes in this section above mentioned, shall be valid for any purpose whatever, unless such deed or other conveyance shall have been duly executed and acknowledged, and recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds for the proper county, for at least two months prior to the death of the grantor or donor.RESO 14.3

    SEC. 25. Every gift, bequest, legacy, or donation, of any money or personal property to the amount of one hundred dollars or more, hereafter made by last will or testament, to or for the use of any or either of the parties, or for any or either purposes mentioned in the last preceding section, shall be utterly void unless such last will or testament shall be executed at the time it bears date, in the presence of and attested by three subscribing witnesses; and unless the person executing the same shall also declare to said witnesses at the time of the execution thereof, that the whole of said will or testament has been read to or by him or her, and that he or she knows and fully understands the contents thereof.-Laws of 1861.RESO 15.1

    SEC. 26. No grant, conveyance, devise, or lease of any real estate, dedicated or appropriated to the purposes of religious worship, or for any religious or ecclesiastical purposes or appearing to be intended to be managed or controlled by any congregation or society, or any officer or officers thereof, in his or their official capacity, shall hereafter vest any right, title or interest in any person or persons to whom such grant, conveyance, devise, or lease may be made, unless the same shall be made to a corporation organized under some statute of this State, or of the late Territory of Michigan, or under the provisions of this act, or some act hereafter passed, amending or altering the same.RESO 15.2

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