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(1) In the event of the death of the retailer or the majority stockholder of a corporation operating as a retailer, the supplier shall, at the option of the heir or heirs, repurchase the inventory from the heir or heirs of the retailer or majority stockholder as if the supplier had terminated the contract. The heir or heirs shall have one (1) year from the date of the death of the retailer or majority stockholder to exercise their options under this chapter. Nothing in this chapter shall require the repurchase of any inventory if the heir or heirs and the supplier enter into a new contract retail agreement to operate the retail dealership.
(2) A supplier shall have ninety (90) days in which to consider and make a determination on a request by a family member to enter into a new retail agreement to operate the retail dealership. As used herein “family member” means a spouse, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or lineal descendant of the dealer or principal owner of the dealership. In the event the supplier determines that the requesting family member is not acceptable, the supplier shall provide the family member with a written notice of its determination with the stated reasons for non-acceptance. This section does not entitle an heir, personal representative or family member to operate a dealership without the specific written consent of the supplier.
(3) Notwithstanding the foregoing, in the event that a supplier and a dealer have previously executed an agreement concerning succession rights prior to the dealer's death and, if such agreement has not been revoked, such agreement shall be observed even if it designates someone other than the surviving spouse or heirs of the decedent as the successor.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Mississippi Code Title 75. Regulation of Trade, Commerce and Investments § 75-77-13. Rights of retailer's heirs - last updated January 01, 2018 | https://codes.findlaw.com/ms/title-75-regulation-of-trade-commerce-and-investments/ms-code-sect-75-77-13/
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