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Title XXIX OWNERSHIP AND CONVEYANCE OF PROPERTY

Chapter 442

< > Effective - 02 Jan 1979, see footnote bottom

  442.555.  Rule against perpetuities, application of modified. — 1.  When any limitation or provision violates the rule against perpetuities or a rule or policy corollary thereto and the instrument containing the limitation or provision also contains other limitations or provisions which do not in themselves violate the rule against perpetuities or any such rule or policy, the other limitations or provisions shall be valid and effective in accordance with their terms unless the limitation or provision which violates the rule against perpetuities or such rule or policy is manifestly so essential to the dispositive scheme of the grantor, settlor or testator that it is inferable that he would not wish the limitations or provisions which do not in themselves violate the rule against perpetuities to stand alone.  Doubts as to the probable wishes of the grantor, settlor or testator shall be resolved in favor of the validity of limitations and provisions.

  2.  When any limitation or provision violates the rule against perpetuities or a rule or policy corollary thereto and reformation would more closely approximate the primary purpose or scheme of the grantor, settlor or testator than total invalidity of the limitation or provision, upon the timely filing of a petition in a court of competent jurisdiction, by any party in interest, all parties in interest having been served by process, the limitation or provision shall be reformed, if possible, to the extent necessary to avoid violation of the rule or policy and, as so reformed, shall be valid and effective.

  3.  This section shall not apply to any limitation or provision as to which the period of the rule against perpetuities has begun to run prior to the first day of November in the year in which this section becomes effective.

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(L. 1965 p. 628 § 1, A.L. 1978 H.B. 1634)

Effective 1-02-79


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