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Good Friday – State Filing Office Closures
April 16, 2019
The following State Filing Offices will be closed on Friday, April 19th in observance of Good Friday:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
Your Account Manager will be available during these closures for any questions or concerns! 800.406.1577 READ MORE
Delaware Secretary of State Office Closure
March 25, 2019
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The Delaware Secretary of State staff will be available from 8 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
- There will be no Priority 3 “Same Day” service or Priority 5 “Must Approvals”. After Division employees depart for the event at 10:30 A.M., agents may enter and submit Priority 5 “Must Approvals”. Those approvals will be processed on Thursday after the higher priorities have been processed.
- All 30 Minute, Priority… READ MORE
Filing Office Closures
February 20, 2019
State filing offices closed, February 20th, due to inclement weather:
• Federal & D.C. gov't offices
Due to the inclement weather, the State of Delaware, Division of Corporations office will be closing at 1:30 today Wednesday, February 20th. Our Delaware office will also be closing early and clients will be notified of any filing delays.
The governor of New Jersey has declared… READ MORE
CA Secretary of State Temporary Service Interruption
February 13, 2019
The California Secretary of State is currently down due to a network interruption with no estimate for repair.
Contact your Account Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or concerns regarding your orders.
Thank you for your patience as we await resolution on this matter. READ MORE
Inclement Weather & Holiday Filing Office Closures
February 12, 2019
The New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington Secretary of State filing offices are closed Tuesday, February 12th due to inclement weather. Connecticut, Illinois, and Missouri are also closed for Lincoln's birthday.
Questions? Reach out to your account manager at 800.406.1577.
Friday, December 14, 2018 – Change in Office Hours at SOS of DE
December 11, 2018
Our DE Division will be closed from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. EST and the 4 a.m.- 12 p.m team will be working 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST.
The following order changes will be in effect:
• 30 Minute & Priority 1 (one-hour service) must be received by 5 p.m. EST
• Priority 2 (two-hour service) must be received by 4 p.m. EST
• 30 Minute, Priority 1 and 2 filings/requests will not be processed between the hours
of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EST and… READ MORE
Election Day State Filing Office Closures
November 05, 2018
The following state filing offices will be closed for Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Contact your First Corporate Solutions Account Representative for any questions or concerns.
Office Closures Due to Hurricane Michael
October 09, 2018
The Florida UCC and the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations will be closed the following days due to Hurricane Michael: Tuesday, 10/09/18 – Thursday, 10/11/18.
These services will NOT be available while closed:
- Certified copies
- Corporate & UCC filings
- Non-electronic Good Standing Certificates
What you CAN DO in the meantime:
- UCC searches
- Plain copies of charter documents
- Electronic Good Standing… READ MORE
Important Notice to Florida Business Entities
September 21, 2018
The Florida Department of State Division of Corporations has stated that business entities will be dissolved or revoked at the close of business on September 28th, if an annual report is not filed by September 21st. The last day to pay by check for 2018 is September 21st. Credit card payments will be accepted until 5:00 pm September 28th.
Reach out to your account manager today to submit your filing or click here for more information.… READ MORE
October & November State Holiday Closures
September 20, 2018
Please note that some states do not post their holiday schedules or declare closures until the last minute. If you require a specific filing date, contact your Account Manager and we will double check at that time to ensure that office will be available for your filing.
Illinois Bill Allows for Professional Limited Liability Companies
August 21, 2018
Effective August 14, Senate Bill 3398 (Public Act 100-0894) amended the Limited Liability Company and Professional LLC Acts to permit conversions of LLCs to professional LLCs with no filing fee and to require the name of a professional LLC to contain “PLLC”. Certificates of registration are to expire on January 1, 2019 and on January 1 of every third year thereafter for professional LLCs, professional service corporations and medical… READ MORE
Michigan Bill Amends Uniform Partnership Act
August 13, 2018
Signed by the governor May 2nd and effective August 2nd, Senate Bill 841 (Public Act No. 131) amends the Michigan Uniform Partnership Act to revise the liability shield for partners in a limited liability partnership. READ MORE
Delaware Bill Clarifies Registered Agent Requirements
July 23, 2018
Effective July 17th, 2018 House Bill 404 (Chapter 334) clarifies Delaware business entity statutes to state that registered agents are obligated to comply with requirements, standards, guidelines, rules, regulations and procedures issued by the Secretary of State when involving filings for corporations, partnerships, and LLCs. Thus, the Secretary of State can adopt requirements regarding verification of customer entities.
Questions about… READ MORE
Nebraska Eliminates Biennial Report Per Page Filing Fee for Nonprofits
July 17, 2018
Legislative Bill 749 eliminates the requirement for nonprofit corporations to pay an additional per page filing fee of $5.00 when filing their biennial report. The bill clarifies that fraternal societies pay the same filing fees as nonprofit corporations. This bill is effective as of July 16, 2018.
Filers with questions about this update may contact First Corporate Solutions regarding this change.
Todd Gomes – 916.313.8917
Pat Fitzgibbon… READ MORE
Louisiana Corporate Filing Regulations Update
June 28, 2018
Effective May 28th after being signed by the governor, Louisiana House Bill 621 (Act 560) updated corporate filing regulations, including a specification that applicants must use a name distinguishable upon the records of the Secretary of State unless meeting present law exemptions. Partnership annual report filing fees were also increased from $25 to $30.
Filers with questions about this Louisiana corporate filing regulations update… READ MORE
Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office will No Longer Accept UCCs With Attachments
May 17, 2018
Beginning on Monday, June 11, 2018, the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office will no longer accept for filing any UCC documents with attachments. All collateral descriptions or any other information may be entered in the collateral box provided on the UCC forms in the online filing system. The entry of any Social Security number or Tax ID number in the collateral fields will invalidate the filing and prevent its submission.… READ MORE
[For Immediate Release] First Corporate Solutions To Exhibit At LAPA’s 2nd Annual Legal Technology Expo
March 05, 2018
Sacramento, CA (March 5th, 2018) First Corporate Solutions, a global Corporate, Registered Agent, UCC & Title due diligence and risk management firm, announced today it will exhibit its law firm solutions for corporate filings, registered agent and UCC searching and filing at the Los Angeles Paralegal Association’s 2nd Annual Legal Technology Expo. The expo takes place downtown at the Los Angeles Athletic Club from 6-9 PM this Wednesday,… READ MORE
State News Update – California, New Hampshire, New Jersey
February 15, 2018
Here are a few state news updates below.
California—Effects of Senate Bill 2 continue to evolve at the County level in California. When it went into effect on Jan 1, 2018, most Counties accepted that the majority of the documents recorded in the Bulk Sale process were exempt from the new SB2 fees being charged. Alameda, San Luis Obispo and Riverside took a different position, and the $75 per title fee was charged on many of the Bulk… READ MORE
Delaware Secretary Of State Closed 1/4/2018 Due To Inclement Weather
January 04, 2018
Due to inclement weather, the State of Delaware, Division of Corporations office and State of Delaware offices in all three counties (Kent, New Castle and Sussex) will be closed Thursday, January 4, 2018. The state has informed that an extraordinary event will be logged in their system allowing file dates on the day the State is closed in accordance with 8 DEL.C.§103(I)(1) and related sections under 6 DEL.C.
If you have further questions,… READ MORE
California Secretary Of State Releases 2018 State Holiday Closure Schedule
December 11, 2017
The California Secretary of State has released its holiday closure schedule for 2018. See state closure dates below for planning purposes.
2017 State Holiday Schedule (Remaining)
Monday, December 25 - Christmas Day
2018 State Holiday Schedule
Monday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, February 19 – President’s Day
Friday, March 30 - Cesar Chavez Day (Observed)
Monday,… READ MORE
California SB2 Signed Into Law New $75 Fee Increase On Certain Document Recordings
December 07, 2017
California Senate Bill 2 was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on September 29, 2017 and will take effect January 1, 2018. It creates a $75 fee on certain real estate transaction documents when they are recorded, capped at $225 per transaction. The fee does not apply to sales of residential and commercial properties but instead to other transactions like mortgage refinancing and county fixture filings.
You can download a copy… READ MORE
Important Notice: Oregon Secretary Of State Releases New Business Entity Forms
November 20, 2017
New forms for Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization, and their related forms were released by the Oregon Secretary of State (revision date is 11/17).
Starting January 1, principle place of business and officer/director/member/manager information will be REQUIRED when entities file their articles; there will no longer be an option to wait until filing their first annual report.
The old forms will NOT be accepted after… READ MORE
Important Notice: Washington Secretary Of State
November 16, 2017
The Washington Secretary of State launched its new Corporations and Charities Filing System on Monday, November 13th.
Along with many services migrating to the new system, please note the State also changed procedures for issuing corporate filing dates. The current filing system issues the date of submission as the ‘filed’ date for all corporate documents; the new system will use the document completion date within the system as… READ MORE
Holiday Schedule for the Delaware Secretary of State
November 02, 2017
Below is the holiday schedule direct from the Delaware Secretary of State for the remainder of the year and the start of 2018. The DE SOS’ global filing service is in effect if file dates are required for the days the Division will be closed.
Friday, November 10, 2017
State Holiday – Veterans Day (observed) – The Division of Corporations will be closed.**
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
There will be no change in the… READ MORE
Business Entity Legislation From The State Of Washington
July 25, 2017
The state of Washington (Laws of 2017) has enacted the following Business Entity legislation, effective July 23, 2017:
Senate Bill 5011 - Business Corporation Act Amendments
Authorizes ratification of defective corporate acts, including over-issuances of stock, with a related required filing of an Articles of Validation if the defective act that is validated required a filing to be made
Authorizes parent/subsidiary mergers with… READ MORE
Delaware To Increase UCC XML Fee, Maximum Tax For Corporations Increased
July 18, 2017
There are two items to report out of the Secretary of State of Delaware.
First, the fee for a UCC XML filing is increasing from $30 to $50 effective 8/1/2017. The current fee options for UCC XML filings are below, taken from the Delaware SOS site.
UCC-1 and UCC-3
$100.00 (1-4 page document) submitted through Authorized UCC Filer
$100.00 plus $2.00 per page in excess of 4 pages submitted through Authorized UCC Filer
$30.00… READ MORE
Alert: Potential Filing Issues In Washington And Alaska
June 23, 2017
As of today, neither state legislatures in Washington or Alaska have approved state operating budgets. If this situation continues unresolved, the Department of Natural Resources in Alaska and the Department of Licensing in Washington may not be able to accept new UCC filings starting July 1 (that goes for all types of filings, whether UCC-1s or amendments of any kind, including terminations and continuations).
Act now to get in front… READ MORE
Reminder: Due June 1, 2017 – Delaware LLC/LP Franchise Tax Payment
May 22, 2017
Every June 1st all Delaware LLC/LP’s registered to do business are required to pay their $300 annual Franchise Taxes with the Secretary of State’s office for the 2016 calendar year.
Failure to make this payment by the end of business June 1 will result in a $200 penalty the very next day as well as interest accruing at 1.5% monthly until payment is made. If non-payment persists, the Secretary of State will revoke your entity causing… READ MORE
[For Immediate Release] First Corporate Solutions Moves Into New Santa Fe Springs Office
March 30, 2017
For Immediate Release
Santa Fe Springs, CA – March 29, 2017 – First Corporate Solutions, Inc. (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management due diligence firm, announced today that it has relocated its Santa Fe Springs office into a larger and more modern space located in the same office building. The new office address is 12631 E. Imperial Hwy, F-106; please note the new suite number F-106.
The move stems from FCS's growth… READ MORE
New “Re-Recording” Law To Take Effect In California January 1, 2017
December 28, 2016
The new law, AB 1974, is effective January 01, 2017 and regards "Re-Recording" a Document in the state of California.
AB 1974- This bill establishes requirements for standardization in the re-recording of documents.
Re-recorded documents must be executed and acknowledged or verified as new documents, unless otherwise exempted as follows:
Document is exempt under Government Code Section 27287.
The instrument, paper… READ MORE
California Secretary Of State Releases 2017 Holiday State Closure Schedule
December 23, 2016
The California Secretary of State has released its holiday schedule for 2017. See state closure dates below for planning purposes.
January 2 – New Year’s Day
January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20 – Presidents Day
March 31 – Cesar Chavez Day
May 29 – Memorial Day
July 4 – Independence Day
September 4 – Labor Day
November 10 – Veterans Day (observed)
November 23-24 – Thanksgiving
December… READ MORE
[For Immediate Release] First Corporate Solutions Launches Legal Services Division
December 13, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Los Angeles, CA (December 13, 2016) – First Corporate Solutions (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management due diligence firm, announced today that they have launched a Legal Services Division.
As of today, First Corporate Solutions retail clients can contact our Legal Services Division for multiple product lines that we have offered for years but which are now separated from our traditional lines of… READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions Releases Online Searching in Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee
November 19, 2016
First Corporate Solutions is pleased to announce that we are releasing Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee data to our online UCC search system. Effective Monday, November 21, active users can log on to www.ficoso.com and search our UCC data indices for Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee utilizing FCS' state-of-the-art search engine designed to uncover name variations and potential hidden liens.
In addition, we’re excited… READ MORE
Delaware Secretary of State Year End/Early New Year Holiday Closures
November 04, 2016
The below is a list of dates the Delaware Secretary of State will be closed throughout 2016 and beginning of 2017:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
State Holiday – Election Day – The Division of Corporations will be closed
Friday, November 11, 2016
State Holiday – Veterans Day – The Division of Corporations will be closed
Thursday, November 24 & Friday, November 25, 2016
State Holidays - Thanksgiving Day and day after Thanksgiving… READ MORE
Year End State Holiday Closures Schedule 2016
November 03, 2016
Year end is here. To assist with your Formations and Registrations documentation processes, download our handy 2016 Year End State Holiday Closures, conveniently organized state by state and all in one document. READ MORE
Press Release: First Corporate Solutions Launches New Business Entity Search Service
June 30, 2016
Sacramento, CA (June 30th, 2016) First Corporate Solutions (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management firm, announced today the launch of its Business Entity Search Service.
Working through our web based UCC management and document retrieval platform, this product allows lenders instant access to corporate information. FCS clients can now verify the legal name and jurisdiction, corporate good standing, officer information, registered… READ MORE
California Secretary of State UCC Connect Online Services Will Be Offline July 1st to July 5th
June 29, 2016
The Secretary of State’s UCC Connect online services will not be available beginning Friday, July 1st at 12:00 a.m. PST until Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 a.m. PST, as they perform upgrade activities to their system. Any California UCC filing submission through our online system or over the counter will not be processed by the Secretary of State and FCS will not be able to fulfill California certified searches until Tuesday, July 5th at… READ MORE
Press Release: First Corporate Solutions Launches Compliance Control Program
May 26, 2016
Sacramento, CA (May 26, 2016) First Corporate Solutions, a global UCC and corporate risk management firm, announced today the launch of its integrated lender – law firm portfolio management service Compliance Control Program.
Working through our web based UCC management and document retrieval platform, this service creates seamless collaboration between lenders and their outside legal counsel allowing the capture of UCC filing and search… READ MORE
Consolidated Online Invoicing Released
May 03, 2016
When less is more. Like when you have less invoices to process for the same amount of services. You get more time and energy to focus on whatever else you want.
Due to popular demand, FCS has combined the online monthly invoices into one consolidated PDF document. Starting 5/1/16, you will receive a consolidated monthly invoice for all of your online searching, filing and account monitoring orders. No changes will be made to the monthly… READ MORE
FCS Online System – Scheduled Maintenance
April 23, 2016
FCS has planned a maintenance event beginning the evening of Friday, April 29th and continuing through Sunday, May 1st to allow public utilities to upgrade power infrastructure. During this period, our FCS Online system will be unavailable. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions to Exhibit at the 2016 Factoring Conference in Scottsdale
April 14, 2016
First Corporate Solutions will exhibit UCC searching, filing, and monitoring products and services, among other risk management services, at the International Factoring Association Conference. The convention takes place in Scottsdale, April 13-15.
FCS will host a prize drawing for a Bose speaker at its exhibition booth. FCS encourages all IFA attendees to stop by the booth, enter the contest by dropping a business card, and learning… READ MORE
Paper Filings No Longer Accepted By North Dakota Secretary Of State
February 29, 2016
The North Dakota Secretary of State has announced that it will launch a new Central Indexing System (CIS) on March 1,2016. The SOS and county filing offices will require all search requests and filing submissions to be completed online and no paper filings or search requests will be accepted. The state is providing a training webinar on how to use its new CIS along with more detailed information here.
The CIS contains six separate indexes,… READ MORE
FCS Online System Browser Compatibility Update
February 11, 2016
With our recent system improvements, we have enhanced our FCS online website security.
As a result and for the best user experience, we now require our users to access FCS online system with the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 11 or above
Note: Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for older versions of IE. Read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/WindowsForBusiness/End-of-IE-support
Please… READ MORE
FCS Online System Update Q1-16
February 03, 2016
First Corporate Solutions will be launching several enhancement updates to its online search and filing system on Friday, 2/5/16. Here are the highlights.
Faster Access to Documents – Links in email confirmations will now go directly to corresponding documents instead of to the filing information screen, reducing the number of clicks to reach important information.
Clearer Filer Identification - “First Corporate… READ MORE
East Coast Jurisdiction Closures Due to Winter Storm Jonas
January 22, 2016
Due to Winter Storm Jonas, several East Coast jurisdictions are closing early or have closed today:
Delaware - In anticipation of the inclement weather and potential need for the early departure of their staff, the Delaware Secretary of State has modified expedite cut-off times. All 30 minute, One-Hour and Two-Hour submissions must be received by 4:00 PM (EST). All other cut-off times will remain unchanged.
North Carolina State… READ MORE
Delaware SOS Only Accepts DCIS UCC Filing Until Further Notice
November 05, 2015
11/6/21015 Update: Delaware Secretary of State UCC system is back up and they are accepting UCC filing via their website and DCIS.
11/5/2015: For clients who need to file UCC in Delaware, the only way to file a UCC from our Delaware office is through the DCIS system. The cost is $100 for routine service which is taking about 2-3 weeks. This is the only option available until further notice. Contact your account manager if you have… READ MORE
For Immediate Release: First Corporate Solutions Launches New Risk Management Website
November 04, 2015
Sacramento, CA (November 4, 2015) – First Corporate Solutions, a global UCC and corporate risk management and due diligence firm, today announced the launch of a new and redesigned version of its website, http://ficoso.com. Key features of the new site include a clean and modern design for enhanced user engagement, a responsive layout optimized for tablet and mobile devices, a new knowledge library offering more than 80 reference guides… READ MORE
California Escrow Association Convention FCS Drawing Winner Announced
October 26, 2015
The California Escrow Association (CEA) held its annual conference last weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, and First Corporate Solutions was proud to be there with our long time partners in the Bulk Sale escrow industry. The sessions were well attended and educational, including the lively question and answer exchange with DBO Division of Corporations Senior Deputy Commissioner Edgar L. Gill, Jr. and staff and the always interesting… READ MORE
Columbus Day State Closures
October 07, 2015
In observance of Columbus Day, many jurisdictions will be closed on Monday, October 12. Along with many other businesses however, First Corporate Solutions will remain open. To help you plan, the government offices in the following states are scheduled to be closed (be advised, the below list is subject to change by state at any time):
New… READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions Releases Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska for Online UCC Searching
June 22, 2015
First Corporate Solutions is pleased to announce the addition of Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska UCC data and document images to our UCC library of states, available July 1st, 2015. Enjoy consistent search logic, advanced search tools, comprehensive report options, clear document images and a supporting portfolio to save and later retrieve your search reports and document images at no cost any time in the future.
Log… READ MORE
For Immediate Release: First Corporate Solutions Releases Virginia Data to Online UCC System
January 22, 2015
Sacramento, CA (January 22, 2015) - First Corporate Solutions (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management and due diligence firm, announced today that they will be releasing Virginia to their online UCC and Lien search system.
As of Monday, January 26, 2014, online users can search FCS's reliable, state-direct Virginia UCC data. First Corporate Solutions purchases their UCC and lien data directly from the state, enabling users to… READ MORE
For Immediate Release: FCS Exhibits at Commercial Finance Association’s 70th Annual Convention
November 12, 2014
Sacramento, CA (November 12, 2014) - First Corporate Solutions will exhibit UCC searching, filing, and monitoring products and services, among other risk management services, at the Commercial Finance Association's 70th Annual Convention. The convention takes place in Washington D.C., November 12-14.
The CFA convention is the premier event for commercial lenders nationwide, and will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Ben Bernanke, former… READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions to Exhibit at the 2014 Factoring Conference in San Francisco
April 07, 2014
First Corporate Solutions will host an exhibit at the 2014 Factoring Conference in San Francisco with a display showcasing its products and services specifically designed for factors. The 2014 Factoring Conference will take place from April 9-12 at the Westin Hotel in Union Square.
First Corporate Solutions is a preferred vendor of the IFA and has a long-standing alliance with the factoring community. Many of the products and services… READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions to Release Arkansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming to Online UCC and Lien Search System
March 28, 2014
First Corporate Solutions announced today the release of Arkansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming data to their web-based search system. As of Monday, March 31, 2014, active users can log on to the system and search Arkansas, Maine, Vermont and Wyoming data for UCC's and Federal Tax Liens. READ MORE
FCS Holiday Office Schedule
December 23, 2013
First Corporate Solutions offices will be closed on 12/25/2013 and 1/1/2014. All offices will be open on 12/24/2013 (Christmas Eve) and 12/31/2013 (New Year's Eve) to process your service request. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions Releases Online Searching in Iowa
December 13, 2013
First Corporate Solutions is pleased to announce that we have released Iowa to our online search system. Active users can log on now to www.ficoso.com and search our reliable state-direct Iowa data for UCCs and Federal Tax Liens complemented by an expansive library of clear, downloadable document images.
Not an FCS online user? Call or email today to schedule a free online demo! 800.406.1577 | http://info.ficoso.com/fcsonline READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions to Exhibit at Commercial Finance Association Annual Convention in Los Angeles
November 06, 2013
First Corporate Solutions (FCS) is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 68th Annual Commercial Finance Association Convention November 13-15, 2013 in Los Angeles. AZ.
FCS has a long-standing relationship with the CFA as a leading provider of UCC and corporate due diligence solutions to commercial lenders, including our Account Monitoring program which we designed specifically to mitigate risk for factors and asset-based… READ MORE
FCS Launches Redesigned Online Due Diligence System
August 30, 2013
First Corporate Solutions is excited to announce the launch of our newly redesigned due diligence system featuring tools and support for online UCC filing & portfolio management, lien searching and account monitoring. Users are sure to enjoy its sleek new interface and enhanced flexibility!
30+ New Features, including: Cross-Browser Compatibility (IE, Firefox, Chrome & Safari), Instant Estimated Charges, Personalized Dashboard,… READ MORE