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Call a Meeting

Special meeting rules should be part of your current bylaws. This will outline what procedures you must follow to call a meeting with the company's board of directors. In most cases, special notice will be required.

Distribute a Copy of the Proposed Amendments

A copy of the proposal will need to be given to all board members so they can look it over before a vote is made. Ideally, before changing bylaws, you'll also need to familiarize yourself with the current requirements for amendments as stated in your current bylaws. You will need to know what voting majority is needed for the proposed amendments to be passed.

If you've yet to make your bylaws, we provide a Corporate Bylaws template to help you get started. You can also incorporate your entity right on our site.

Call a Second Meeting

A second meeting must be called to approve, or disapprove, amendments. During this meeting, all parties that have a right to vote will gather and decide if the amendments are accepted. If the vote is in favor of the amendments, you must provide a written resolution detailing the changes. Remember, this resolution should be prepared prior to the second meeting so that it can be distributed to all voting parties at the end of the meeting.

Amend the Bylaws

Naturally, the final step in how to amend Corporate Bylaws is to amend your current bylaws. This is done by using company amendment pages but if organizing amendment pages is impractical, all final amendments can be added into the official bylaws.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.

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