PROBATE COURTS AND DECEDENTS' ESTATES
JUDGES OF PROBATE AND THEIR JURISDICTION
547:3-d Cy Pres Doctrine.
I. If property is or has been given in trust to be applied to a charitable purpose, and said purpose or its application is or becomes impossible or impracticable or illegal or obsolete or ineffective or prejudicial to the public interest to carry out, the trust shall not fail. Upon petition by the trustee or trustees or the attorney general, the probate court may direct the application of the property to some charitable purpose which is useful to the community, and which charitable purpose fulfills as nearly as possible the general charitable intent of the settlor or testator. In applying the doctrine of cy pres, the court may order the distribution of the trust assets to another charitable trustor to a charitable corporation to be held and administered by it in accordance with the terms of the governing instrument as said terms may be modified by the application of cy pres under this section and RSA 547:3-e.
II. Prior to any court proceeding under this chapter on the intent to offer for sale or change the use of any land, buildings, or both, given, devised, or bequeathed to the town for charitable purposes, the municipality shall hold at least one public hearing with no less than 14 days notice.
Source. 1992, 284:50, eff. Jan. 1, 1993. 2008, 109:5, eff. July 27, 2008.