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UCC & Corporate Due Diligence

Resource Guide for Legal and Financial Professionals

CA Secretary of State Announces New Trademark Search

May 02, 2019 Corporate, Tips Something

Keeping true to their dedication to California Entrepreneurs, the California Secretary of State’s office has launched its new California Trademark Search. This search tool provides customers with the ability to search active trademarks on file with their office. Customers are now able to search by: - registration ID - description of mark - registration date - classification code - name of owner - US Patent & Trademark Office design…READ MORE

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Determine Your Corporate Name Nationwide (Part II)

January 10, 2019 Corporate, Due Diligence, Tips Something

Earlier this week we discussed Corporate Name Availability in more detail. Today we share some tips on Name Reservation vs. Name Registration. Name Reservation Generally a document and filing fee submitted to a Secretary of State office, or just a fee paid. A Name Reservation can hold your name for a term that can vary from 30 to 180 days depending on the state. If your business plans experience a delay, most states will allow you to re-reserve…READ MORE

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Determining Corporate Names Nationwide (Part I: Name Availability)

January 08, 2019 Corporate, Tips Something

Perfecting your registration or qualification with all Secretary of State Offices under the same name is important for many reasons.  Most companies want name consistency in all the states they are registered or qualified to do business.  Name consistency in each state keeps contracts, business cards, licenses, etc. uniform so that there are no exceptions or variations from state to state. Depending on the states and timeline for registering…READ MORE

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New Years Resolutions? Improve UCC Due Diligence

December 13, 2018 UCC, Due Diligence, Tips Something

2019 is approaching and New Years resolutions are on everyone's mind.  Streamlining and improving your UCC due diligence strategies should be on your list!  Have you considered adapting new strategies to improve your UCC Due Diligence? Evaluating your UCC management can be a complicated process; as a UCC service partner we support our clients responsibility to reduce risks, improve workflow efficiency and cut costs while maintaining accuracy. Experiencing…READ MORE

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2018 Tips For Speedy Year End Corporate Transactions (Part II)

November 27, 2018 Corporate, Registered Agent, Due Diligence, Tips Something

To add to last week’s blog, below are a few additional tips to move your deals at lightning speed and efficiency from our popular and informative post:  Tips For Your Fast-Paced Year End Corporate Transaction (Part II). Have your service company “in the deal” as a partner. If you are able to share a few key points to the transaction, deadlines, or closing date by walking your service provider through the transaction, it will…READ MORE

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2018 Tips For Speedy Year End Corporate Transactions (Part I)

November 14, 2018 Corporate, Registered Agent, Due Diligence, Tips Something

Year end is here.  Lightning speed transactions require entity Formations and Registrations in several states.  Below, we have listed some reminders to help you through the year end rush. Delaware Direct Access. Delaware by far is the state where the majority of year-end transactions occur.  Working with a service company (Online Agent) that has direct Delaware Corporate Database access will provide you speed and answers when needed.…READ MORE

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Commercial vs Noncommercial Registered Agents

September 27, 2018 Corporate, Registered Agent, Legislation, Tips Something

Providing a registered agent for service of process (SOP) when completing business entity filings is often required. Whether it is a commercial registered agent or noncommercial registered agent impacts how the filing is completed. For example, when appointing commercial registered agents, the filer is not required to provide an address in some states; it is always required of noncommercial agents. Commercial agents also file registered…READ MORE

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Single Extra Space Creates Seriously Misleading UCC Debtor Naming Error

September 13, 2018 UCC, Online UCC System, Due Diligence, Revised Article 9, Reduce Financial Risk, Tips Something

A recent court ruling in Wisconsin once again has affirmed the supreme importance secured parties must place on their data entry procedures when naming debtors on financing statements to perfect their security interests. A recap of the case can be found here. Once again, a typo in the debtor name created a UCC filing that was judged to be seriously misleading, and therefore left the secured party’s security interest with the debtor…READ MORE

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Tips to Choose the Right Registered Agent Service

August 23, 2018 Registered Agent, Tips Something

One of the most critical functions of a Registered Agent is to provide real time access to critical information related to service of process. Registered Agents are your first line of defense in protecting your organization and clients from unfortunate results including default judgments. What criteria can help you choose the right Registered Agent wisely? Does your RA offer years of experience in handling the most sensitive documents…READ MORE

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Three More Tips For Bulk Sale Escrow Officers In California

June 21, 2018 UCC, Due Diligence, Tips Something

With the Norcal Escrow Conference fast approaching, here's a repost of three MORE handy tips for Bulk Sale Escrow Officers in California. We’ve been supporting Escrow Officers handling bulk sales for a quarter century, and over that period we’ve learned more than just a few things from our friends in the industry, and in this blog post we share three more tips for Bulk Sale Escrow Officers in California that we’ve learned and their…READ MORE

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