How to form an Association ?

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Why form an Association ?

  • for carrying out a common purpose; e.g. the aim of the Maharashtra Tennis association wishes to popularise the game

How to form an Association  ?

  • Like minded persons have to get together to form an association

How do persons get together to form an association ?

  • Persons get together to form a formal association by incorporating the body as a legal entity


What legal entities are available for an association ?

  • A Society
  • A Company

Which legal should we use as a vehicle for running an association ?

One may chose the legal vehicle on the basis of one's unique requirements. The pros and cons are detailed below.. There are 3 formats of NGO's.

  • Section 25 Companies:
  • Trusts: Trusts are more easy to form than society. Only 3 persons will do.
  • Societies: For society you will need at least 7 persons .
    • Easy Formation: Formation of a co-operative society is very easy compared to a joint stock company. Any ten adults can voluntarily form an association and get it registered with the Registrar of Co-operative Societies.
    • Open Membership: Persons having common interest can form a co-operative society. Any competent person can become a member at any time he/she likes and can leave the society at will.
    • Democratic Control: A co-operative society is controlled in a democratic manner.
    • Limited Liability: The liability of members of a co-operative society is limited to the extent of capital contributed by them. Unlike sole proprietors and partners the personal properties of members of the co-operative societies are free from any kind of risk because of business liabilities.
    • Procedure for Registration of a Society
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