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The Corporate Records Handbook: Meetings, Minutes and Resolutions by Attorney Anthony Mancuso

April 01, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 193

"The Corporate Records Handbook: Meetings, Minutes & Resolutions" by attorney Anthony Mancuso is a six hundred page resource book that contains just what the cover says it does. It is a very good book of forms that will allow the reader to use the book to document everything you need to keep records of to maintain your incorporated business. This is not a book to help you incorporate your business, in fact, Mancuso wrote a separate book titled "Incorporate Your Business" to assist with the business formation. This book is for after your corporation is formed and you need help conducting the business matters on an ongoing basis. The book is published by Nolo, which means it is in general language that is easily understood by everyone, not just attorneys. Even though I am a licenses attorney, I still really like the books that Nolo puts out. They are good for the layperson and attorney alike. And this book really is a great book of forms.

This book is designed to help the reader take care of corporate housekeeping responsibilities such as hold and document corporate meetings of shareholders and directors, document corporate action taken without a meeting, and to approve common ongoing corporate legal, tax, and business decisions. The book will be most useful for smaller businesses with up to 35 shareholders and 50 employees. Larger businesses most likely will want an attorney handling most of these, but for the smaller and family owned business, this book will be of great benefit.

The book starts with a very short chapter that advises how to organize your corporate records and look up laws yourself. The second short chapter has some information on meetings, minutes, and written consents, basically how to document corporate action. Next comes a chapter on the steps to hold a meeting and the forms needed to document it. From there, the chapters continue in a logical and easy to follow format, covering: how to hold directors' or shareholders' meetings, preparing various minutes, consents, many kinds of resolutions including tax, amending bylaws, conflicts, loans, and so on.

There is also a short chapter on how to find the right lawyer or tax adviser. This takes the book up to page 337, and there is a lot of very good information to assist with doing things right and filling out the forms correctly. The remainder of the book is the Appendix. There are instructions on how to use the CD-ROM that comes with the book and contains all of the forms, and some information on locating state corporate filing offices and state laws online. The book then has all the forms in tear-out or sample form, but I imagine most people will use the same forms that are on the CD-ROM. Having them in the book does allow you to quickly look them up and see if that is what you need before using the enclosed disk.

This is a very handy guidebook for the small business to keep their corporate records accurate and up to date. There are sample forms for just about anything you will need. If you are having trouble keeping your records, don't know what records to keep, or just want an easier way to do it, get this book and use it.

Alain Burrese, J.D. is a writer, speaker, and mediator who teaches how to live, take action, and get things done through the Warrior's Edge. He is an expert on conflict and mediates and teaches conflict resolution and negotiation. Alain combines his military, martial art, and Asian experiences with his business, law, and conflict resolution education into a powerful way of living with balance, honor, and integrity. He teaches how to use the Warrior's Edge to Take Action and Achieve Remarkable Results, as well as resolve conflict and negotiate. You can read more articles and reviews and learn about Alain by visiting his site and blog at

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