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Friendly Societies Act 1896


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  1. Introductory Text

  2. The Registry Office

    1. 1.The registry office

    2. 2.Functions of the central office

    3. 3.Functions of assistant registrars generally

    4. 4.Functions of assistant registrars for Scotland and Ireland

    5. 5.Salaries and expenses

    6. 6.Report of the chief registrar

    7. 7.Deposit of documents

  3. 8.Societies which may be registered

  4. 9.Conditions of registration

  5. 10.Name of society

  6. 11.Acknowledgment of registry

  7. 12.Appeals from refusal to register

  8. 13.Registry of amendments of rules

  9. 14.Registry of societies carrying on business in more than one part of the United Kingdom

  10. 15.Registry of dividing societies

  11. 16.Registry of societies assuring annuities

  12. 17.Registry of societies with branches

  13. 18.Establishment of new branches

  14. b.Application of previous provisions to branches

  15. 20.Requisites for registry of branches as societies

  16. 21.Name of seceding or expelled branch

  17. 22.Contributions from one society to another

  18. 23.Subscriptions not recoverable at law

  19. 24.Registered office

  20. 25.Appointment of trustees

  21. 26.Audit

  22. 27.Annual returns

  23. 28.Quinquennial valuation

  24. 29.Copy of last balance sheet

  25. 30.Public auditors and valuers

  26. 31.Registered cattle insurance and other societies

  27. 32.Exception of societies from corresponding Societies Acts, &c

  28. 33.Exemptions from stamp duty

  29. 34.Transfer of stock standing in name of trustee

  30. 35.Priority on death, bankruptcy, &c. of officer

  31. 36.Membership of minors

  32. 37.Subscriptions to hospitals

  33. 38.Right to supply of copies of the rules

  34. 39.Right to supply of copies of annual return

  35. 40.Inspection of books by members

  36. 41.Limitation of benefits

  37. 42.Accumulation of surplus of contributions

  38. 43.Militiamen and volunteers

  39. 44.Investment of funds

  40. 45.Loans to assured members

  41. 46.Loans out of separate loan fund

  42. 47.Holding of land

  43. 48.Copyholds

  44. 49.Vesting of property

  45. 50.Devolution on death

  46. 51.Description in legal proceedings

  47. 52.Investments with the National Debt Commissioners

  48. 53.Discharge of mortgages by receipt endorsed

  49. 54.Security by officers

  50. 55.Accounts of officers

  51. 56.Power of member to dispose of sums payable on his death by nomination

  52. 57.Proceedings on death of a nominator

  53. 58.Intestacy

  54. 59.Estate duty to be paid when the whole estate exceeds one hundred pounds

  55. 60.Validity of payments

  56. 61.Certificates of death

  57. 62.Limitation of amount payable

  58. 63.Person to whom payment may be made

  59. 64.Particulars of certificates

  60. 65.Cases in which certificates may be given

  61. 66.Inquiries by societies

  62. 67.Saving as to insurable interests, &c

  63. 68.Decision of disputes

  64. 69.Power to change name

  65. 70.Amalgamation and transfer of engagements

  66. 71.Conversion of society into company

  67. 72.Saving for right of creditors

  68. 73.Conversion of society into branch

  69. 74.Meaning of special resolution

  70. 75.Registration of special resolutions

  71. 76.Inspectors and special meetings

  72. 77.Cancelling and suspension of registry

  73. 78.Dissolution of societies

  74. 79.Instrument of dissolution

  75. 80.Dissolution by award

  76. 81.Advertisement of notices

  77. 82.Dissolution of societies having branches

  78. 83.Notice of proceedings or order to set aside dissolution

  79. 84.Offences

  80. 85.Offences by societies to be also offences by officers, &c

  81. 86.Continuing offences

  82. 87.Punishment of fraud, false declarations, and misappropriations

  83. 88.Fine for falsification

  84. 89.Fine for ordinary offences

  85. 90.Special offences in the case of friendly societies

  86. 91.Recovery of fines

  87. 92.Jurisdiction of court of summary jurisdiction

  88. 93.Appeals

  89. 94.Legal proceedings

  90. 95.Remuneration of county court officers

  91. 96.Fees

  92. 97.Fees payable to registrar of "births and deaths

  93. 98.Forms

  94. 99.Regulations for carrying out Act

  95. 100.Evidence of documents

  96. 101.Application to existing societies

  97. 102.Application to Scotland

  98. 103.Application to the Isle of Man

  99. 104.Application to Channel Islands

  100. 105.Payment to representatives in Channel Islands and Isle of Man

  101. 106.Definitions

  102. 107.Repeal

  103. 108.Commencement and extent of Act

  104. 109.Short title


      Matters to be provided for by the Rules of Societies registered under this act

      1. 1.The name and place of office of the society.

      2. 2.The whole of the objects for which the society is...

      3. 3.The mode of holding meetings and right of voting, and...

      4. 4.The appointment and removal of a committee of management (by-whatever...

      5. 5.The investment of the funds, the keeping of the accounts,...

      6. 6.Annual returns to the registrar of the receipts, funds, effects,...

      7. 7.The inspection of the books of the society by every...

      8. 8.The manner in which disputes shall be settled.

      9. 9.In case of dividing societies, a provision for meeting all...

      10. 10.The keeping separate accounts of all moneys received or paid...

      11. 11.(Except as to cattle insurance societies) a valuation once at...

      12. 12.The voluntary dissolution of the society by consent in a...

      13. 13.The right of one fifth of the total number of...



      1. Part I Acknowledgment of Registry of Society

      2. Part II Acknowledgment of Registry of Branch

      3. Part III Form of Bond

        1. 1.In England or Ireland Know all men by these presents,...

        2. 2.—In Scotland I, A.B. of _______________, hereby bind and oblige...


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