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Product Details

  • Series: Corporate Records Handbook
  • Paperback: 610 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (August 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413312039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413312034
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This practical guide gives step-by-step instructions plus the legal forms to be filled out and filed to keep corporate status." (Orange County Register 2007-04-01)

"Should be a part of any serious business library -- and any corporate library." (Bookwatch 2007-03-01)

About the Author

Anthony Mancuso is a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and studies advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He has also been a consultant for Silicon Valley EDA (Electronic Design Automation) companies, most recently working on a C++ open-source integrated circuit database project team. He is the author of several Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, and LLC or Corporation?. He wrote and programmed Nolo's LLC Maker and Incorporator Pro software programs, which generate state-by-state articles and other forms for organizing corporations and LLCs. His books and software have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in many musical idioms.

More About the Author

Anthony Mancuso is a California attorney and a corporations and limited liability company expert. He graduated from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, is a member of the California State Bar, writes books and software in the fields of corporate and LLC law, and has studied advanced business taxation at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. He also works as a technical writer, and is currently employed by Google.org in Mountain View, CA. He is the author of many Nolo books on forming and operating corporations (both profit and nonprofit) and limited liability companies. His titles include Incorporate Your Business, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation (national and California editions), Form Your Own Limited Liability Company, The Corporate Records Handbook, LLC or Corporation?, and Your Limited Liability Company - an Operating Manual. His books have shown over a quarter of a million businesses and organizations how to form a corporation or LLC. He also is a licensed helicopter pilot and has performed for years as a guitarist in various musical idioms.

Customer Reviews

The book is very well organized and written in an easy to understand style.
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I don't really know what else to say besides that if you're an engineer starting a business, you really need this book on your bookshelf.
Lee
This book has good advice and guidance on what records you need to keep to run a corporation and why.
Mike

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Jason Fossen on April 14, 2006
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Many other books on corporate forms try to cover everything (from selection of entity type to formation, filings, taxes, legalities, etc.) which means they usually just cover these topics in a shallow and frustrating way.

This book covers exactly what it says it covers (meetings, minutes and resolutions) and covers these topics very well, with lots of details, advice, examples and related useful tid-bits. It doesn't try to be an encyclopedia of everything related to corporations, which is GOOD, it has FOCUS. Also, it's from Nolo press, a generally better publisher of these types of books in my opinion, and Mancuso has written lots of good business/legal books.

The book is overkill for the typical LLC or small S-corp, but, on the other hand, these are the businesses that are at greater risk of having their corporate veils discarded in court. You can crank down the degree of formality to whatever level you feel comfortable, but at least you'll have a good idea of how the larger and more professionally-managed corporations document themselves.

If you're a sole proprietor upgrading to an LLC, or a two-person corp of any type, then this book probably won't be what you're looking for. If you're a newly-minted MBA or lawyer and now you're handling the affairs of a small- to mid-sized corp as an officer or advisor, then I'll bet you'll think the book is great (and maybe you'll secretly hide it in your desk to make everyone think you just know all this "corporate paperwork BS" off the top of your head). In general, the book is very good at clarifying the weirdness of corporate documentation.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John Woods on August 5, 2006
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This book contains a great deal of ready to use forms for your corporate records on many aspects of business operations but be careful if you are looking for information on minutes of first meeting. The book says not to worry if you don't have organizational minutes; however, such important resolutions as corporate seal or principal office are missing.

Apparently these resolutions are covered by other NoLo books, which deal with formation of various corporation types. So just be aware, you may need to pick up one of those books in addition to this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By WorldlyOne on July 26, 2008
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I bought this book a few years ago and it has been very helpful. I incorporated my business myself, and this book has made it easy to maintain compliance - very important should your corporation's status as such ever come into question by the IRS or in a legal proceeding. It's well worth the cost for the DIY CEO and a valuable tool
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. B Kraft VINE VOICE on September 29, 2011
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I'm a lawyer, and I've reviewed a few NOLO books, and then I've also bought a couple I've found which might be helpful in my practice. Since I serve on the board for a small charitible corporation (and do it for free), I thought this might be a handy book to have for the forms. Everybody I've ever known hates keeping corporate records to one degree or another, but they are a necessity, and I thought this would be useful for helping some of my small-business clients.

What I discovered as is that the advice in the book is useful, relatively clear, accessible, and well organzized, as to what kinds of records need to be kept and why. However, the forms are mostly simplistic, with an aggravating and distracting small logo that prints at the bottom of the form.

The book's good advice. The forms don't really save you that much work.

4 stars for the advice and 3 stars for the forms.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell on February 23, 2009
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The Corporate Records Handbook is a great reference to have. Especially if you are like me, and would rather manage the corporate book in-house than pay someone to write letters. I found this book easy to read, understand and applicable to our situation. When a subject is explained, the author covers several types of company situations. I would be surprised if you don't find this book very helpful. But, also remember, it is your corporate book so it doesn't have to be exactly like these letters to be acceptable. Just having your corporate book in order will be more than most small to mid-sized accomplish.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By kre8iv1 VINE VOICE on October 21, 2010
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This book is massive. Period.

I had absolutely NO idea how involved a Corporation (even a small one) could be!

The book has an accompanying CD of forms ready for printing, which is great. You DON'T have to tear your book apart!

The Table of Contents is massive at 4 double-sided pages (8 single-sides):

1 Corporate Documents and Laws
2 Meetings, Minutes, and Written Consents - How to Document Corporation Action
3 Before You Hold Your Meeting - Prep Work and Notice
4 How to Hold a Directors' or Shareholders' Meeting
5 Preparing Minutes for Shareholders' Meetings
6 Preparing Minutes for Directors' Meetings
7 Paper Meetings
8 Action by Written Consent
9 Resolutions for Authorizing Business Transactions
10 Corporate Tax Resolutions
11 Resolutions for Amending Articles or Bylaws
12 Corporate Hiring and Appointment Resolutions
13 Conflict of Interest Resolutions
14 Resolutions for Loans to the Corporation
15 Resolutions for Loans to Insiders
16 Fringe Benefit and Reimbursement Resolutions
17 Retirement Plan Resolutions
18 Stock Dividend Resolutions
19 Stock Issuance Resolutions
20 Lawyers, Tax Specialists, and Legal Research

Appendices:
A How to Use the CD-ROM
B How to Locate State Corporate Filing Offices and State Laws Online
C Corporate Minutes Forms

Index

Good grief! Just reading the Table of Contents nearly wore me out!

From a LLC, to a full-fledged corporation, you need this book. Heck, some of this stuff could even help out if you own a sole-proprietorship.

NOLO is super thorough, and they offer free updates on their website www dot nolo dot com.

Fantastic job, NOLO, thanks!
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