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Association Bylaws

Associations can be either unincorporated or incorporated, depending on which legal form they take. Incorporated associations have to comply with company law, whereas unincorporated associations aren't subject to federal regulations under US law.

Unincorporated associations can be set-up easily and details about the association are clearly defined in the association's bylaws. Bylaws set out the legal rules of the association as well as how the association should be organized and function. Bylaws are essentially the “constitution” of the association and therefore act as the founding document of the organization. Moreover, they regulate the objectives and management of every association.

See also: Associations , Bylaws, Constitution

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