An association’s Articles of Incorporation are filed with the California Secretary of State. In general, an association’s Articles of Incorporation:
(1) identify the corporation as an association formed to manage a Common Interest Development (CID) under California law,
(2) state the name and address of the association’s managing agent, and
(3) state the business/corporate office of the association. (Civ. Code § 4280.)
Association’s True Legal Name
An association’s true legal name is set forth in its Articles of Incorporation.
Most associations are incorporated as Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporations under the California Corporations Code. (See Corp. Code §§ 7130-7135.) Though corporate status is not required, associations incorporate to avail themselves of certain legal protections afforded to corporations under California law.
Amending Articles of Incorporation
An association’s Articles of Incorporation may be amended pursuant to the provisions contained therein as well as Sections 7810-7820 of the California Corporations Code.
- Corporations Code Section 7812. Approval Requirements for Amendments.
- Corporations Code Section 7810. Amendments to Articles of Incorporation.
- Corporations Code Section 7133. Proof of Corporate Formation and Existence.
- Corporations Code Section 7131. Statement Limiting Corporate Powers.
- Corporations Code Section 7130. Requirements of Articles of Incorporation.
- Civil Code Section 4280. Content of Articles of Incorporation.