Section: Inclusive references
15A:2-8. Certificate of incorporation.
a. The certificate of incorporation shall set forth:
(1) The name of the corporation;
(2) The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized;
(3) If the corporation is to have members, the qualifications for members or that the qualifications shall be as set forth in the bylaws of the corporation;
(4) If the members are to be divided into classes, the relative right and limitations of the different classes of members to the extent those rights and limitations have been determined or that the rights and limitations shall be as set forth in the bylaws of the corporation;
(5) If the corporation is to have no members, that there shall be no members;
(6) The method of electing trustees or that the method shall be as set forth in the bylaws of the corporation;
(7) Any provision not inconsistent with this act or any other statute of this State, which the incorporators elect to set forth for the management and conduct of the affairs of the corporation, or creating, defining, limiting or regulating the powers of the corporation, its trustees and members or any class of members, including any provision which under this act is required or permitted to be set forth in the bylaws;
(8) The address, including actual location as well as postal designation, if different, of the corporation's initial registered office, and the name of the corporation's initial registered agent at that address;
(9) The number of trustees, not less than three, constituting the first board and the names and addresses of the persons who aim to serve as trustees, which addresses shall be either the residence address of the person or other address where the person regularly receives mail and which is not the address of the corporation;
(10) The names and addresses of the incorporators, which addresses shall be either the residence address of the person or other address where the person regularly receives mail and which is not the address of the corporation;
(11) The duration of the corporation if other than perpetual;
(12) The method of distribution of assets of the corporation upon dissolution, or that the distribution shall be as set forth in the bylaws of the corporation;
(13) If, pursuant to subsection b. of this section, the certificate of incorporation is to be effective on a date subsequent to the date of filing, the effective date of the certificate;
(14) If, pursuant to the exception in paragraph (4) of subsection a. of section 15A:2-2, the name of the corporation does not include a term required thereby, a statement that the corporation could be organized pursuant to the provisions of Title 16 of the Revised Statutes, the applicable section of Title 16 of the Revised Statutes permitting that organization, and an undertaking to add the required term if the corporation ceases to be so organized.
b. An original and one copy of the certificate of incorporation shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State. The corporate existence shall begin upon the effective date of the certificate, which shall be the date of the filing, or such later time, not to exceed 30 days from the date of filing, as may be set forth in the certificate. The filing shall be conclusive evidence that all conditions precedent required to be performed by the incorporators have been complied with and, after the corporate existence has begun, that the corporation has been incorporated under this act, except as against this State in a proceeding to cancel or revoke the certificate of incorporation or for voluntary dissolution of the corporation. The Secretary of State shall forward the copy of the certificate of incorporation to the Attorney General.
c. The certificate of incorporation may provide that a trustee or officer shall not be personally liable, or shall be liable only to the extent therein provided, to the corporation or its members for damages for breach of any duty owed to the corporation or its members, except that such provision shall not relieve a trustee or officer from liability for any breach of duty based upon an act or omission (1) in breach of such person's duty of loyalty to the corporation or its members, (2) not in good faith or involving a knowing violation of law or (3) resulting in receipt by such person of an improper personal benefit.
d. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection c. of this section, the immunities provided for in this 1989 amendatory act shall apply to any corporation organized under Title 15A of the New Jersey Statutes which is established for the purposes provided for in P.L.1959, c.90 (C.2A:53A-7 et seq.), whether or not the certificate of incorporation has been amended, and nothing in this section shall operate to diminish or affect any limitation of liability or limitation on liability which is conferred upon nonprofit corporations, societies or associations by the provisions of section 1 of P.L.1987, c.87 (C.2A:53A-7.1).
L.1983, c.127, s.15A:2-8, eff. Oct. 1, 1983; amended 1989,c.260,s.1.
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