Legal

Here are some legal resources for worker cooperatives.

Staff picks

Title Format Source
28 questions to ask before meeting the lawyer PDF Katovich & Kassan Law Group
Guide to Worker Cooperative Bylaws and Operating Agreements PDF Democracy at Work Institute
Legal Guide to Cooperative Conversions PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
Choosing a Business Entity: A Guide for Worker Cooperatives PDF Democracy At Work Institute
Tackling the Law, Together: A Legal Guide to Worker Cooperatives Generally and in Massachusetts PDF Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics
El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
Co-opLaw.org: Employment Law Web Page Sustainable Economies Law Center

Choosing a Legal Entity

LLCs

Incorporation Documents

Employment Law

Title Format Source
Legal Guide to Cooperative Conversions PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
Tackling the Law, Together: A Legal Guide to Worker Cooperatives Generally and in Massachusetts PDF Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics
Attorney Susan Zeme on Worker Cooperative Legal Issues Video/Audio
Co-opLaw.org: Employment Law Web Page Sustainable Economies Law Center
The Application of Labor Law to Workers' Cooperatives PDF
Asset Protection for Entrepreneurs PDF Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Protección de Activos Para Empresari@s PDF Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
The Application of Labor Law to Workers' Cooperatives Presentation

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Title Format Source
Sample Worker Cooperative Bylaws Word Processor Document
28 questions to ask before meeting the lawyer PDF Katovich & Kassan Law Group
Guide to Worker Cooperative Bylaws and Operating Agreements PDF Democracy at Work Institute
Choice of Legal Entity - Chart PDF
Low-income & Immigrant Worker Cooperative Formation PDF Urban Justice Center Community Development Project
A Layperson’s Guide to the Teamworks Cooperative Network’s Financial and Legal Structures PDF TeamWorks Cooperative Network
28 preguntas: ¿Estas pensando en empezar una cooperativa de trabajadores? Unas preguntas para revisar antes de reunirse con un abogado PDF Katovich & Kassan Law Group
Equal Exchange Bylaws PDF Equal Exchange
Guideline for Cooperative Bylaws PDF USDA Rural Development
Sample By Laws PDF
Legal Guide to Cooperative Conversions PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
Choosing a Business Entity: A Guide for Worker Cooperatives PDF Democracy At Work Institute
Non-Member Equity Instruments for Consumer and Worker Cooperatives PDF Center for Cooperatives, University of California
Tackling the Law, Together: A Legal Guide to Worker Cooperatives Generally and in Massachusetts PDF Community Enterprise Project of the Harvard Transactional Law Clinics
El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
"El Proceso Legal Para Iniciar Tu Negocio Cooperativa" PDF
Attorney Susan Zeme on Worker Cooperative Legal Issues Video/Audio
LLC with a Permanent Capital Member Sample Operating Agreement PDF Democracy at Work Institute
Forming a Worker Coop LLC or Cooperative Corporation PDF Sustainable Economies Law Center
Center for Family Life Cooperative Startup Guides PDF
Co-opLaw.org: Employment Law Web Page Sustainable Economies Law Center
Worker Cooperative Creation as Progressive Lawyering? Moving Beyond the One-Person, One-Vote Floor PDF
Estatutos y Acuerdos de Operación PDF
Community Economic Development Lawyers and the New Democratic Economy Community Economic Development Clinic at Roger Williams University School of Law
Limited Liability Companies as Worker Cooperatives PDF
The Application of Labor Law to Workers' Cooperatives PDF
Eligir una Entidad Empresarial PDF
LLC Taxed as a T Corporation Sample Operating Agreement PDF Democracy at Work Institute
Sociedades de responsibilidad limitada como cooperativas de trabajo Word Processor Document Insight Center for Community Economic Development
Asset Protection for Entrepreneurs PDF Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
Protección de Activos Para Empresari@s PDF Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
The Application of Labor Law to Workers' Cooperatives Presentation
How A Worker Co-op Structured as a LLC Can Retain Earnings PDF Cooperative Development Institute
Entity Choice for New Cooperatives (video) Video/Audio
Expanding your Worker Co-operative Business: A Guide to Licensing & Franchising PDF