In a corporation's context, meeting minutes are an official account of everything talked about in a formal meeting of the board of directors and shareholders.
An Annual Meeting is required of every corporation in the United States, usually at the end of the fiscal year. By extension, the Annual Meeting Minutes record the discussions and decisions made during a corporation's Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting Minutes' primary purpose is to record everything discussed and decided in an Annual Meeting.
The minutes contain the time, date, location of the meeting, every attendee, and notable absentees. Also, the meeting's pre-set agenda, complete with a brief explanation of each, is also recorded.
Crucially, writing down any vote results taking place during the meeting is essential. The Annual Meeting Minutes make a note of the time the meeting was adjourned.
After the meeting, the Annual Meeting Minutes have to be approved according to the company's bylaws.
Depending on your state, Annual Meeting Minutes may also be known as:
Annual Meeting Minutes for Corporations
Meeting Minutes Format
In the United States, most states require both S corporations and C corporations by law to keep detailed records of the decisions arrived at in all formal meetings. Therefore, corporations need Annual Meeting Minutes to take down what went on in the annual meeting.
In contrast, LLCs are not mandated by law to keep track of any meeting minutes.
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Date and time: The date and time when the meeting was held.
Location: The place the meeting was held (use the full address.)
Attendees: All the shareholders and directors present, making a note of those conspicuously absent.
Agenda items: Everything to be discussed in the Annual Meeting.
Meeting description: Voting results, discussions, decisions, and everything else taking place in the meeting.
Adjourning time: The exact time when the Annual Meeting was called off.
Information about the next meeting: In the context of the Annual Meeting Minutes, this pertains to the time and place set for the following year's meeting, if known.
Shareholder: A person or entity owning shares in the corporation
Board of directors: Appointed by shareholders to run a corporation on their behalf
Consensus: A decision made unanimously at the meeting
Chairperson: The person who conducts the meeting, usually the chairman of the board
Point of Order: A formal complaint made at the meeting
Corporate Bylaws: The rules that a corporation adopts after the initial incorporation
Motion: A formal statement most commonly of a proposed action
Your Annual Meeting Minutes don't always require a signature. However, having all the shareholders and directors sign the document could dispel any dispute over its validity.
The document does not have to be notarized, but you can further vouch for its authenticity. The only requirement is that the Annual Meeting Minutes are recorded per the corporation's bylaws.
The Annual Meeting Minutes do not have any filing requirements with the state. Just hold on to a copy and add it to the corporate records.
The general recommendation is to save these records for at least seven years, though most serious corporations would keep them for the corporation's life. The document protects the shareholders and directors against legal actions and potential accusations of wrongdoing.
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