Corporate Law

Corporate Law in the United States

Legal Materials

The formation, operation and dissolution of U.S. corporations is governed mostly by state law. The corporate statutes of all states are published in Aspen’s Corporations: Statutes volumes, and in the statutes of each state (see “State Statutes” and/or the entries for individual states).

Treatises: Corporate law treatises range from the succinct paperback Law of Corporations in a Nutshell (West) to the multi-volume Corporations (Aspen) by Cox, Hazen and O’Neal to the extensive Business Organizations with Tax Planning(Matthew Bender) by Zolman Cavitch to the enormous Fletcher Cyclopedia of the Law of Private Corporations (West). Choose your weapons. (Note: The Fletcher Cyclopediais available on Westlaw (FLETCHER-CYC)).

Most states have at least one treatise discussing their corporate law, such as Balotti’sDelaware Law of Corporations and Business Organizations and White on New York Corporations. To find other state-specific corporate treatises, look in Searching the Law: The States by Francis R. Doyle (last published in 2003), search Indexmaster or search the online catalog of a law school or government law library in that state.

Forms: Good for corporate law-related form books include Fletcher Corporation Forms Annotated (West), Rabkin & Johnson’s Current Legal Forms (Lexis/Matthew Bender), Marvin Hyman’s Corporation Forms (Warren Gorham Lamont), Gutterman’s Business Transactions Solutions and McGaffey’s Legal Forms with Tax Analysis. State-specific corporate forms are often included in state-specific corporate law treatises, such as Balotti’s Delaware Law of Corporations and Business Organizations (Aspen) andMarsh’s California Corporation Law (Aspen).

Model Business Corporation Act: The American Bar Association’s Committee on Corporate Law released a Model Business Corporation Act in 1969, a Revised version in 1984 and at least one more revised version in 1999. The ABA publishes a softcover edition of the Act with comments and a multi-volume Model Business Corporation Act Annotated with the comments and case summaries. Aspen Law and Business’ Macy on Corporation Laws includes a detailed discussion of the Act.

How-To Materials: Often people will want the bottom line on how to set up, merge, dissolve, etc. a corporation. Nolo Press publishes books for laymen on how to set up corporations in various states. The Practicing Law Institute (PLI) publishes books and articles providing How-To information for practicing attorneys. For similar books for a specific state, look in Searching the Law: The States (Transnational Publishers); useful information may also be available on the relevant Secretary of State Web site. The Practical Law Company (bought by West) provides sophisticated how-to materials through their web site (subscription only). “Sample Documents” are available from (subscription only).

Foreign Laws: Corporate laws are generally posted and published along with a country’s other laws. Look up the individual country in this Guide and/or use the resources in the “Foreign Laws” entry. The International Corporate Law Compendium(Aspen) summarizes the corporate laws of many countries; brief summaries are available in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Digests. Subscribers can get the full corporate laws of each country in English in RIA’s World Wide Tax Service database on Checkpoint.

See Also

Company Information
Doing Business in Foreign Countries
Exchange Act of 1934
Foreign Laws
Limited Liability Companies & Limited Liability Partnerships
Secretary of State Records
Securities Act of 1933
Securities and Exchange Commission
Securities Laws

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Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Corporate Law. This part provides references, in relation to Corporate Law, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Corporate Law by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Corporate Law and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Corporate Law or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Corporate Law and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Corporate Law. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Corporate Law should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Corporate Law when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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