de facto corporation


de facto corporation
A business that has not completed all of the legal steps to become a corporation will be treated as a corporation by the court to shield the directors, officers, and shareholders who in good faith thought they were operating the business as a duly formed corporation. Compare: de jure corporation
Category: Business, LLCs & Corporations → LLCs, Corporations, Partnerships, etc.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

de facto corporation
n.
   a company which operates as if it were a corporation although it has not completed the legal steps to become incorporated (has not filed its articles, for example) or has been dissolved or suspended but continues to function. The court temporarily treats the corporation as if it were legal in order to avoid unfairness to people who thought the corporation was legal.
   See also: de facto de jure ultra vires

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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