Re: choosing a community name
From: Jerry Koch-Gonzalez (
Date: Sat, 7 Aug 2021 14:52:03 -0700 (PDT)
Our legal name is Cherry Hill Condominium Association. We are known to the
world as Pioneer Valley Cohousing Community. In Massachusetts, if I
remember right, it costs $50 every five years to register our public "Doing
Business As" name. Very simple.
On the other hand, we are wondering about changing our name from Pioneer
Valley to something that does not evoke white settlers taking over
indigenous land. After 25 years, it is not easy to decide on a name change.
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On Fri, Jul 16, 2021 at 9:32 AM Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]>

> I know nothing of Cohousing names. And I am trying to do some legal things
> at a church that 150 years ago formed with a legal name they have never
> used. And we can’t do the legal work with out figuring out what our legal
> name *is*. Hours of work. Like 50-60 hours.
> So do something that keeps the legal name in some people’s hands and minds
> as many years go by.
> Liz
> Mosaic commons Cohousing in Berlin ma.
> On Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 8:51 PM Marcia Zuckerman via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
> > As Bay State Commons anticipates the completion of our building, we're
> > also exploring changing our name. In this connection, we'd like to ask a
> > question about naming — specifically, about the relationship of a coho's
> > legal name on condo documents to the name it's known by publicly.
> > Apparently it's common cohousing practice for a coho's public and legal
> > names to be basically the same (e.g., XYZ Cohousing in public,  XYZ
> > Condominium on the condo docs). In our case, we're also exploring the
> > alternative: having the legal name on condo docs be different from the
> name
> > we're known by publicly. So we'd really appreciate feedback from other
> > cohousers.
> > Is this also fairly common practice among cohos? If your community's
> legal
> > and public names are different, could you share why you did it this way,
> > and do you have any words of experience or advice to share? Also, did you
> > decide to make any legal provision for your public name — e.g., a
> separate
> > LLC, registering it as a Doing-Business-As name, or such? (State laws
> will
> > vary, of course.)
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> -Liz
> (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
> Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
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