Code of Alabama - Title 10A: Alabama Business and Nonprofit Entities Code - Section 10A-1-2.11 - General powers

Section 10A-1-2.11 - General powers.

Except as otherwise provided by this title, and whether or not expressly stated in its governing documents, a domestic entity has the same powers as an individual to take action necessary or convenient to carry out its business and affairs. Except as otherwise provided by this title or the governing documents of the entity, the powers of a domestic entity include the power to:

(1) sue, be sued, complain and defend suit in its entity name;

(2) have and alter a seal and use the seal or a facsimile of it by impressing, affixing, or reproducing it;

(3) purchase, lease, or otherwise acquire, receive, own, hold, improve, use, and deal in and with property or an interest in property;

(4) sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, lease, exchange, and otherwise dispose of property;

(5) make contracts and guaranties;

(6) incur liabilities, borrow money, issue notes, bonds, and other obligations which may be convertible into or include the option to purchase other securities or ownership interests in the entity, and secure any obligations, or the obligations of others for whom it can make guarantees, whether or not a guarantee is made, by mortgaging or pledging its property, franchises, or income;

(7) lend money, invest its funds, and receive and hold property as security for repayment;

(8) acquire its own bonds, debentures, or other evidences of indebtedness or obligations;

(9) acquire its own ownership interests, regardless of whether redeemable, and hold the ownership interests as treasury ownership interests or cancel or dispose of the ownership interests;

(10) be a promoter, organizer, owner, partner, member, associate, or manager of an organization;

(11) acquire, receive, own, hold, vote, use, pledge, and dispose of ownership interests in or securities issued by another person;

(12) conduct its business, locate its offices, and exercise the powers granted by this title to further its purposes, in or out of this state;

(13) lend money to, and otherwise assist, its managerial officials, owners, members, or employees as necessary or appropriate, provided, however, a nonprofit entity shall not have the power to lend money to its officers or directors;

(14) elect or appoint governing persons, officers, and agents of the entity, establish the length of their terms, define their duties, and fix their compensation;

(15) pay pensions and establish pension plans, pension trusts, profit sharing plans, share bonus plans, and incentive plans for managerial officials, owners, members, or employees or former managerial officials, owners, members, or employees;

(16) indemnify and maintain liability insurance for managerial officials, owners, members, employees, and agents of the entity or the entity's affiliate;

(17) adopt and amend governing documents for managing the affairs of the entity subject to applicable law;

(18) make donations for the public welfare or for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes;

(19) voluntarily wind up its business and activities and terminate its existence;

(20) transact business or take action that will aid governmental policy; and

(21) take other action necessary or appropriate to further the purposes of the entity.

(Acts 1994, No. 94-245, p. 343, §1; §10-2B-3.02; amended and renumbered by Act 2009-513, p. 967, §10; Act 2018-125, §1.)

Last modified: May 3, 2021