This book contains a summary of the laws that govern business associations and are designed to help accountants spot potential problems their clients may encounter. The author, an attorney and environmental consultant, divided the material into three parts: corporations, partnerships, and agencies. Each begins with a discussion and explanation of applicable legal terminology, followed by the steps necessary to create the type of entity, the duties and responsibilities of officers and other relevant matters. The dissolution of each type of business also receives coverage. This material provides a good refresher course on the basics of business law for the busy practitioner. Journal of Accountancy
This book fills a major gap in the literature for professional accountants by offering a comprehensive discussion of the law concerning the three major types of business associations: corporations, partnerships, and agencies. As Wolf notes at the outset, accountants must have adequate knowledge of the laws governing business associations if they are to successfully perform professional services for their clientsthe failure to spot potential legal problems can often spell disaster for a particular business. Wolf offers a current, accurate, in-depth treatment of the laws of business association in one logically organized source, specifically written to address the needs and concerns of accounting professionals.
Following an introduction, the volume is divided into three major sections each dealing with a specific type of business association. For each, Wolf draws on the relevant federal and state laws, uniform laws, common law, and judicial decisions to present a clear picture of significant issues. Section One deals with laws involving management, shareholder's rights, corporate financial structure, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, and dissolution. In the section devoted to partnerships, separate chapters address partnership formation, property, rights and liabilities of partners, termination, and limited partnerships. The final section covers agency creation, duties, liabilities, and termination. Taken as whole, this volume represents an important addition to the professional literature available to accountants in both corporate and private practice.
About the Author
SIDNEY M. WOLF is an Attorney and Environmental Consultant in Stowe, Vermont. He has taught on the college level, worked as a Washington lobbyist for enviromental groups, and has been a guest on PBS's McNeil/Lehrer Report and Good Morning America. His first Quorum book was Pollution Law Handbook: A Guide to Federal Environmental Laws.
Table of Contents
Nature, Promotion, Formation, and Powers
Management of Corporations
Shareholders' Rights and Responsibilities
Financial Structure of the Corporation
Mergers, Consolidations, and Stock and Asset Acquisitions
Dissolution and Liquidation
Partnerships: Nature and Formation
Partnerships: Property of Partnership and Partners
Partnerships: Rights, Duties, and Liabilities of Partners
Agency: Nature and Creation
Agency: Duties and Liabilities