101 Ways To Improve Your Cooperative

A LAW PRIMER

Our goal in this primer is to equip you with a multitude of new ideas to put into action at your Cooperative. While we do not want to equip you to act as your own attorneys, we do strive to make you aware and sensitive to emerging legal issues so you will know when a legal issue arises in your Cooperative and when the need to obtain competent legal advice exists.

Beyond sharing our ideas on how you can improve your cooperative, we want you to be proactive in making cooperative living better. We will share our experience and expertise with you but please do not use it to circumvent your Cooperative Attorney, who should be consulted to ensure that your course of action meets all the facts and circumstances of your particular situation, as well as the governing laws applicable to your Cooperative and the State you live in.

        This Primer is intended to point you in the right direction and give you some pointers that you might not otherwise get in your day to day governing of the cooperative. It does not pretend to replace other resources, including those discussed later on in this Primer. Your fellow Directors, especially those who have some seniority, can be great mentors – assuming they have been doing things correctly. Your Management Agent, the Cooperative’s Attorney and the Auditor can help you understand things within their respective disciplines.

        And note that this Primer is not intended, nor should it be used, as legal advice. You need to consult with your Cooperative’s own attorney or hire a competent, experienced one. Each situation needs to be evaluated on its own facts, so avoid taking general information as necessarily applying to your particular facts. Know enough to get professional help.

        This Primer is brought to you as a free service of the law firm of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., serving all the legal needs of Cooperatives throughout Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. Committed to the Cooperative movement, we welcome the opportunity to serve your Board. If we can help your Cooperative, please contact Randall Pentiuk at 734-281-7100 or rpentiuk@pck-law.com.

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