Chapter 5 - What Will My Corporation Look Like - Corporate Bylaws, Charters, And Other Legalities

Joseph W. Bartlett, Special Counsel, McCarter & English LLP, Co-Founder of VCExperts

McCarter & English LLP


A corporation is an artificial legal entity chartered by one of the fifty states and endowed by the legislature with certain valuable privileges; it follows that its powers are limited to those expressly or impliedly set out by statute. With exceptions not generally significant, the Directors usually manage a corporation.

The general corporation laws in each state vary in detail, but they follow a generally similar pattern. The Model Revised Business Corporation Act, drafted by a select committee of the American Bar Association, is a composite of the most advanced thinking.


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