Alabama Corporate Bylaws
Alabama corporate bylaws are the rules that guide your corporation’s operations and create your company’s organizational structure. Your bylaws establish policies for appointing directors and officers, holding shareholder and board meetings, amending the bylaws themselves, and handling conflicts of interest, among other issues.
Strong corporate bylaws are essential, which is why we at Northwest offer a free, attorney-drafted, Alabama-specific template you can use to create corporate bylaws that suit your business.
Are bylaws filed with the state of Alabama?
No. Your corporate bylaws are internal documents, which means they should be kept on file with your business records.
Do bylaws need to be signed?
No. Alabama statutes do not explicitly state that bylaws need to be signed. However, including signatures from all board members and officers adds to your corporation’s legitimacy, and helps ensure that your bylaws will hold-up in court.
How do I amend my bylaws in Alabama?
Alabama’s statutes provide some rules for amending bylaws, but for the most part, corporations establish the procedures for amending bylaws in the bylaws themselves.
For example, AL Code § 10A-2A-10.21 allows corporate bylaws to “increase a quorum” (the minimum number of board members need to hold an official meeting), and AL Code § 10A-2A-10.22 states that bylaws may create special provisions for selecting directors.