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I am on a non profit board of directors. The president and

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I am on a non profit board of directors. The president and others want to stay on after they had served a 3 year term plus an additional year. Now they want to continue serving. Our N.C. Articles of Incorporation (Charter) states that after a board member does a full three year term, that member has to wait twelve months before he or she can serve on the board again. The Articles further state that those vacating will be replaced by three members to be elected to the Board of Directors. We have members that want to serve. Also, our by laws state that the articles of incorporation supercede our by laws.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How can I make those board members comply with our N.C. Articles of Incorporation and inform them that they have to wait for twelve months before they can be re-elected to the Board?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
By the way, this relates to a non profit business. It does not relate to real estate.Andy
Expert:  P. Simmons replied 1 year ago.


Well...the law in this area is clear...a non profit corporation is, still, a corporation. And is bound by state and federal law AND its bylaws and articles of incorporation.

And it is the law that articles of incorporation will "trump" (supersede) any bylaws (since the bylaws can not be created until the corporation is formed by the articles of incorporation).

In the case you are describing, if the articles of incorporation limit the term and impose a "wait time" before they can run again?

The directors MUST comply with the rules.

If they refuse? Any interested party could file a lawsuit and the court would order that that the directors follow the rules.

I would let them know that they have to follow the rules...if they refuse, consider a lawsuit to force them to do so.

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