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IC 23-14-50
     Chapter 50. The Nature of Cemetery Funds

IC 23-14-50-1
Application of chapter
Sec. 1. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), this chapter does not apply to:
        (1) a cemetery owned by a municipal corporation or other governmental unit;
        (2) a religious cemetery; or
        (3) a cemetery:
            (A) that is ten (10) acres or less in size;
            (B) that is owned and operated entirely and exclusively by a nonprofit mutual association in existence on June 14, 1939; and
            (C) in which burials have taken place before June 14, 1939.
    (b) If a cemetery described in subsection (a)(3) directly or indirectly:
        (1) constructs or permits to be constructed any structure, above or below ground, and offers interment rights in the structure for sale to the general public; or
        (2) acquires:
            (A) additional land; or
            (B) an interest in additional land;
        causing the cemetery to exceed ten (10) acres in size;
this chapter applies to the whole of the cemetery.
As added by P.L.52-1997, SEC.24.

IC 23-14-50-2
Charitable and eleemosynary purpose of funds
Sec. 2. (a) The accumulation and holding of:
        (1) the funds authorized by IC 23-14-48 and IC 23-14-49-2; and
        (2) contributions to those funds;
are expressly permitted and shall be considered to be for a charitable and eleemosynary purpose.
    (b) The funds and contributions referred to in subsection (a) are considered to be a provision:
        (1) for the discharge of a duty due from the person or persons contributing to the fund to the person or persons whose remains are or will be interred in the cemetery; and
        (2) for the benefit and protection of the public by preserving, beautifying, and keeping cemeteries from becoming places of reproach and desolation in the communities in which they are situated.
    (c) A fund referred to in subsection (a) or a payment, gift, grant, bequest, or other contribution to the fund:
        (1) is not invalid by reason of any indefiniteness or uncertainty of the persons designated as beneficiaries in the instruments creating the fund; and
        (2) is not invalid as violating any law against perpetuities or

suspension of the power of alienation of title to property.
As added by P.L.52-1997, SEC.24.

IC 23-14-50-3
Trustee's relief from duties
Sec. 3. If:
        (1) any gift, grant, bequest, donation, or other property held by the owner of a cemetery for cemetery purposes is held by the cemetery owner as a trust of any kind; or
        (2) the owner of a cemetery is a beneficiary of any trust estate for cemetery purposes;
the trustee of the trust is relieved of the duties otherwise imposed upon the trustee by IC 30-4-5-12 through IC 30-4-5-15.
As added by P.L.52-1997, SEC.24.