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Michigan Cooperative Law Primer for New Cooperative Board Members

        You now are elected to carry on the way of life and home ownership known as the Cooperative. In doing so, you help fulfill the dream of those who preceded you on your Board and those who labored in the housing field to make this a reality. You help create a community for families; a common bond that unites them; and a democrat form of home ownership which ensures a safe and secure environment.

        As you begin your new role as a Director on the Cooperative’s Board, this primer attempts to give you the essential tools to do your job well. The goal here is to get you started with the basics as well as pointing you in the direction where you can learn more. Realize, though, that this is just the first step in equipping you to be an effective leader that can be proud of your service to your community.

        This Primer is intended to point you in the right direction and give you some pointers that you might not otherwise get in your early days as a Board member. 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 Michigan law firm of Pentiuk, Couvreur & Kobiljak, P.C., serving all the legal needs of Cooperatives throughout the State. 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.comcreate new email.

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