How To Properly Keep A Company Minute Books

By Harriett Crosby


Minute books are a permanent record or document that contains the resolutions passed by a company at its meeting and the deliberations that followed such resolutions. Every company is by law required to keep a record of all business of the corporation. One important feature that characterizes such documents is that they have to be maintained in an up-to-date fashion.

Documents of this nature produced by and for use by the corporate body are usually accessible to all stakeholders of each firm. The law requires that such records be kept at the main office or headquarters of an institution for use by recognized persons. No official of any body would be right to prevent any stakeholder from accessing such records for any reason at all.

Some of the items that usually comprise the volumes discussed here include the articles of association, memorandum of association of any organization, details pertaining to the shareholders and so forth. All these are usually kept in an orderly and clear manner to ease access. Apart from these, all the assets of a firm would also be indicated here.

Company law, is a branch of regulations that govern the operations of incorporated associations such as companies. One of the rules set down here is that all originators ought to keep a clear and precise record of its activities. This however, should not be the only reason why such items are kept. Proper organization of such items usually eases the day to day management of operations.

Having the above materials at hand would also be important in instances where the company is undergoing a merger. In such cases all records that consists the entire history of this organization would have to come under scrutiny. The process of merging corporations could be quite complicated, especially in circumstances where the firm had been undergoing a financial crisis.

The track record of a working establishment may be of value in instances where a major sale of an entire corporation of its shares is being contemplated. In such cases, a potential buyer would need to be assured of each value of this business . All transactions that may have occurred in the past, which would have an impact on the sale, would also have to be scrutinized.

The time that would be used to assemble and maintain documents relating to an institution would usually depend largely on the size of every firm and the nature of its business. In many instances however, large corporations usually employ specialists to deal with such matters. The professionalism that would be exercised in maintaining important items of the establishment would guarantee efficiency and transparency.

Staff members of a particular organization are never allowed to go home or any other place for that matter with the minute books of each institution. Such a move would be completely inappropriate and unprofessional. This is because the confidential information contained in such volumes could fall into the wrong hands and this could be a huge blow to the institution. It must therefore be well stored.




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