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UCC & Corporate Due Diligence

Resource Guide for Legal and Financial Professionals

Costs to Perform a Lien, UCC, Litigation or Bankruptcy Search

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One of the most common areas of confusion relating to public records searching has to do with the costs incurred for search requests, particularly those requests that a customer places with a private service company. The fees associated with this type of research are varied and an invoice may use terminology that is unfamiliar to those with infrequent searching needs. Herein, we offer some guidelines for what types of fees you can expect… >> READ MORE


To Find Legal Name of a Business Debtor, Refer to Organizing Paperwork

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According to the Uniform Commercial Code, a UCC Financing Statement is only effective if it gets the debtor name right. A UCC Financing Statement that fails to properly identify the debtor by their legal name will not offer the secured party priority status to collect should the debtor default or file for bankruptcy. The Code goes on to say that for registered business debtors, the name that should appear on a UCC Financing Statement… >> READ MORE


Five Trends Guaranteed to Change the Face of the Paralegal Profession, Part Three

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We are pleased to welcome Chere Estrin, editor-in-chief for SUE and KNOW magazines, as a special guest blogger. Please read on for the third installment of Chere’s five-part blog series on trends in the paralegal profession. Trend Number Three: Merger Mania and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act If only Enron, WorldCom, Computer Associates, Qwest, Comverse, Adelphia and others hadn’t generated so many business scandals. We probably wouldn’t… >> READ MORE


Five Trends Guaranteed to Change the Face of the Paralegal Profession, Part Two

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We are pleased to welcome Chere Estrin, editor-in-chief for SUE and KNOW magazines, as a special guest blogger. Please read on for the second installment of Chere's five-part blog series on trends in the paralegal profession. Trend Number Two: Offshoring Lawyers and Paralegals Mention offshoring, and most paralegals and attorneys storm out of the room. But outsourcing does not appear to be fading away. Hiring attorneys in India or the… >> READ MORE


Legislative Update

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Alabama House Bill 251 | Effective: 01/01/19 The bill makes technical corrections regarding the name of the Alabama Limited Liability Company Law, the ability of a partnership to continue as an entity for a brief period of time under the law with one partner or no partners and the duty of a partner in a general partnership to not compete with the partnership before the partnership is dissolved. The bill is retroactively effective as of… >> READ MORE


Wondering What Parties to Search as Part of Your Prefunding Due Diligence?

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Searching for the right party is imperative when coordinating due diligence search efforts. This may seem simple, but keep in mind that liens could be filed under business names, individual names, aliases or nicknames, even fictitious business names. So, how can you be sure you are searching for the right name? Here are a few pointers to get you on the right track: 1. Check corporate charters to determine the exact legal name before… >> READ MORE


Why Does Your Company Have to File an Annual Report Every Year and What Happens if You Don’t File?

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The Secretary of State requires each company organized or incorporated within a State to file an Annual Report as a means of keeping the Secretary of State updated with registered agents, addresses, officers, directors, members and managers. The fee and due dates for these Annual Reports vary from state to state but all states require you to file on an annual basis. If nothing has changed most states will have a box at the top of the form… >> READ MORE


Why Do I Need to File an Annual Report for My Entity?

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The Secretary of State requires each company organized or incorporated within the State of North Carolina to file an Annual Report as a means of keeping the Secretary of State updated with registered agents, addresses, officers, directors, members and managers.  It is especially important to make necessary changes to addresses and registered agents on the Annual Report to assure that the Secretary of State notifies your company of issues… >> READ MORE


What Is the Best Legal Structure for Your Start-Up?

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This is a guest post from Bettina Eckerle of Eckerle Law. She specializes in corporate law and helping companies at every stage of their life cycle. The questions that invariably come up for all my start-up clients is: Do I have to form a legal entity, if yes, what kind and why? Entrepreneurs have a number of legal structures available when seeking to capitalize on a million dollar idea. Because each type of entity has distinct advantages… >> READ MORE


What can you do if You’ve Missed the Delaware Annual Report and Franchise Tax Deadline?

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For Delaware corporations, Annual Reports and Franchise Tax for 2012 were due on March 01, 2013.  If you missed the filing deadline, the entity is now delinquent according to the Delaware Division of Corporations. Luckily, Delaware makes it easy to change that status with just a couple of steps and a credit card. Here’s what you can do if you’ve missed the Delaware annual report franchise tax deadline. First, locate the Business… >> READ MORE