Bylaws are rules governing the internal management of an organization, such as a business corporation. In a business situation, Bylaws are drafted by a corporation's founders or directors under the authority of its Articles of Incorporation. Bylaws widely vary from organization to organization, but generally cover topics such as how directors are elected, how meetings of directors (and in the case of a business, shareholders) are conducted, and what officers the organization will have and a description of their duties.
Bylaws are an internal document of the corporation. The original document is usually kept in the corporate book in the main office of the corporation.
Corporate secretary or other corporate officers have the authority to make a copy of the Bylaws, and attest that this copy is a true and correct copy of the original Bylaws of the corporation.
For legalization we will need a copy of your company’s Bylaws accompanied by an original notarized affidavit signed by an officer of the company confirming that the attached copy is a true copy of the original document. We will furnish a sample affidavit when we process your order for the legalization.
If your company does not have Bylaws – we can provide sample Bylaws.
If the document is intended for use in a foreign country it has to be legalized (“authenticated”) for foreign use. This is a process in which various seals are placed on the document. If the target country has joined the Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (“The Hague Convention”) the only legalization required is an Apostille. A document bearing an Apostille is valid in all of the Hague countries.
If the document is intended for a non-Hague country the consular legalization will be required. Before the consulate or the embassy can stamp the document, the document has to be authenticated on the state and federal levels.
Only certified copies as described above are accepted for further legalization. Computer generated or notarized copies cannot be accepted for legalization.
Related documents: Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Amendment (if any amendments were filed by your company), Certificate of Good Standing, Certificate of IncumbencyApostille for Corporate Bylaws in NY
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