Surprise! Your real bylaws are from the 1960s!

You should discuss your bylaws with a lawyer because:
Surprise! Your real bylaws could be from the 1960s!

Missouri nonprofit law has some unusual requirements about amending certain documents. If you didn’t meet those requirements, your new rules might not be the “real” rules that a court would apply. I’ve talked with churches that discovered their “real” bylaws were from decades ago! Using the wrong documents could upset major decisions, like buying or selling property, and hiring or firing employees. If you’re not absolutely sure that your governing documents were adopted correctly, you should talk with a lawyer.