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How do I remove the cfo and secretary, same person, of my s corp legally? He owns 18% , and I am the ceo and the other board

Corona, CA |

Member also wants him removed. What is the proper legal means by which to have this accomplished?

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Am I correct to understand you are referencing a privately-held corporation organized under the laws of the State of California? If he owns 18% of the issued and outstanding shares, who owns the remaining 82% of shares? Under California law, corporation's shareholders elect the directors, and the board of directors elect the corporate officers (e.g. Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Secretary). Either in the annual director's meeting or in a specially requested director's meeting, the directors may elect the officers. Depending on who sits on the board of directors and whether or not they agree with your choices, you may have a very easy or very difficult time accomplishing your goal. In extreme deadlock scenarios, you may need to seek assistance from the court. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.


Absent an unusual provision in your bylaws or organizational documents, the Board of directors can remove any officer. Officers usually serve at the pleasure of the board. Typically a simple majority vote of directors is enough, unless the corporate documents say otherwise.


First, check to see if you have any special agreements under which he or she was given the right to hold a particular office for any length of time, including employment agreements. Also check your by-laws for any such provisions.

Also check to see if you are a special "closely held" corporation (not just a privately held corporation) that has elected to have the shareholders vote directly on certain things that would normally be done by the board.

Absent any of that, read your by-laws and find out how to call a special meeting of the board. Hold a meeting, and vote. Directors vote 1 vote per person, not by percentage ownership (unless, as I said, you set up as a closely held corporation).

If this doesn't make sense - then call an attorney and have him or her check this all out. It's worth spending a little bit of money to make sure you've dotted your Is and crossed your Ts.

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Meeting Called according to the articles of incorporation, by laws, policies and parliamentary rules.

If these cause limits on your abilities, you have to follow the limits.

Good Luck

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