When a religious or benevolent society or association owning real estate used or occupied as a burial place, the title to which real estate is vested in such society or association, or the trustees thereof, desires to transfer such real estate to a cemetery association incorporated under any law of this state, the trustees or other officers entrusted with the management of the affairs of such society or association may file, in the court of common pleas of the county in which such real estate is situated, a petition stating how and by whom the title to such real estate is held and that such society or association desires to make such transfer, and asking for an order therefor.
Notice of the filing of such petition shall be given by publication, in some newspaper published in and of general circulation in the county where it is filed, for four consecutive weeks, setting forth the object and prayer of the petition and that persons claiming an interest in the subject matter thereof may appear and file an answer thereto within six weeks from the first publication of such notice.
At the expiration of such six weeks the case will stand for hearing, and if the court is satisfied that such transfer is desired by the members of such society or association, it may authorize the trustees or other officers thereof to make a deed therefor to such cemetery association. Such association shall assume all legal debts against the real estate so transferred.
Effective Date: 10-07-1977 .