Massachusetts law about corporations

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on corporations law.

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COVID-19

St. 2020, c.53, §§ 15-16  as amended by St.2021, c.20, §§ 3-5
Eases some meeting requirements during COVID-19 through December 15, 2021

Massachusetts laws

Massachusetts regulations

950 CMR 113 The Massachusetts Business Corporation Act, MGL c. 156D

Forms

Selected case law

1A Auto, Inc. v. Director of the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, 480 Mass. 423 (2018)
Under G.L. c. 55, § 8, corporations may not make contributions to political candidates or their campaigns.

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, 558 U.S. 310 (2010)
"The Government may not suppress political speech on the basis of the speaker's corporate identity. No sufficient governmental interest justifies limits on the political speech of nonprofit or for-profit corporations."

Varney Enterprises, Inc. v. WMF, Inc., 402 Mass. 79 (1988) 
"In this case, we hold that, except for small claim matters, a corporation may not be represented in judicial proceedings by a corporate officer who is not an attorney licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth." The case interprets MGL c.221 s.46, Practice of law by corporations; prohibition; exception.

Web sources

General

  • About service of process, Mass. Secretary of State
    Describes how to serve foreign corporations.
  • Closing your business, Mass Dept. of Revenue.
    When you close your business you must cancel your registration with both the federal government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by following the applicable procedures.
  • Corporations book, Mass. Division of Local Services.
    Provides a listing of for-profit corporations doing business in Massachusetts. 
  • Corporations Division, Mass. Secretary of State
    Online access to file forms and requirements to do so
  • Doing business in Massachusetts: A guide to U.S. and Massachusetts law for non-U.S. businesses, Foley Hoag, LLP, January 28, 2016
    Covers everything from forms of business to employment, real estate, financing, taxation, antitrust, immigration, and more
  • May a minor form a corporation? Dana H. Shultz, 2012.
  • Small business, USA.gov
    Great site for business planning and management. Includes resources for starting a business, paying taxes, managing employees, and much more. Also provides guidance for particular types of business owners, such as women, veterans, and minorities. Extremely broad and deep coverage of small business issues.

Benefit corporations

Print sources

Contact

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Last updated: June 27, 2022
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