Maine corporate bylaws are policies that govern a corporation’s daily operations and management structure. They determine voting rights, procedures for electing officers, stock distribution, and more. Bylaws assign tasks to members of committees for research, finance, fundraising, etc. The incorporators or directors adopt the initial bylaws after registering the business.
The board of directors or shareholders can amend or repeal the bylaws with the requisite number of votes as designated in the bylaws. Bylaws establish rules for decision-making, director and officer appointments, shareholder and board meetings, and conflict resolution.
- Required Words: No mention in statutes.
- Prohibited Words: Language stating/implying that a corporation is organized for an impermissible purpose.
- Name Reservation Period: 120 days.
- Renewal Period: Non-renewable.
- Transferability: Yes.
A corporation may adopt emergency bylaws to be applied in situations where most directors cannot assemble. Emergency bylaws become void when the emergency ends (13-C §207).