The final entry in our blog series on things to think about when starting a business takes a look at operating agreements and corporate resolutions.
As we’ve discussed in the previous blogs in this series, operating agreements are required for DBAs or LLCs with more than one member and for all partnerships. Corporations require corporate resolutions. Here, we use “operating agreements” broadly to include corporate resolutions.
According to Investopedia, the operating agreement outlines the decision-making structure – for both financial and functional decisions – the business will follow as well as how profits will be shared. Without one, your business will follow the default rules in place for Alabama.
Depending on the type of business you decide to create, you may need to address the following in your operating agreement:
- Each person’s ownership (%)
- Person’s responsibilities and voting rights
- Duties and powers of the members
- Profit and loss distribution of the members
- Rules for meetings and votes
- Provisions for managing and regulating the business
- Defining the powers of the board of directors and shareholders
- Provisions eliminating or limiting the liability of directors and shareholders
- Buyout and buy-sell provisions
- Including what happens in the event of a member’s death
- Terms for expelling a member
- Terms for introducing a new member
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