A domestic mutual life insurance company may be converted into a fraternal under ch.
614, as follows:
(1) Conversion plan. The board of directors of the company shall adopt a plan of conversion stating:
(a) The reasons for and the purposes of the proposed action;
(b) The proposed articles and bylaws for the new fraternal; and
(c) The proposed procedure and estimated expenses for implementing the conversion.
(2) Approval by commissioner. The plan shall be filed with the commissioner for approval, together with so much
of the information under s. 614.13(2) as the commissioner reasonably requires. The commissioner shall approve the plan unless finding, after a hearing, that it
would be contrary to the law, that the new fraternal would not satisfy the requirements
for a certificate of authority under s. 611.20 as incorporated by s. 614.20, or that the plan would be contrary to the interests of policyholders or the public.
(3) Approval by members. After being approved by the commissioner, the plan shall be submitted to the policyholders
for their approval.
(4) Report to commissioner. A copy of the resolution adopted by the members shall be filed with the commissioner,
indicating the number of policyholders voting, the method of voting and the number
of votes cast in favor of the plan.
(5) Certificate of authority. If all requirements of the law are met, the commissioner shall issue a certificate
of authority for the new fraternal. Thereupon the mutual shall cease its legal existence and the corporate existence
of the new fraternal shall begin, but it shall be deemed to have been incorporated
as of the date the converted mutual was incorporated. The new fraternal shall have all the assets and be liable for all of the obligations
of the converted mutual. The commissioner may grant a period not exceeding one year for adjustment to the
requirements of ch. 614, specifying the extent to which particular provisions of ch.
614 do not apply.
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