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Oregon, Arizona and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Offices Closed 1/7/21

January 07, 2021

The Oregon Secretary of State office has announced that they are closed today (1/7/21) until further notice due to COVID-19 concerns. Click the link below for more updates from the Oregon SOS. => The Pennsylvania Secretary of State office is closed today due to the recent political activities around the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations. Click below for additional information. …READ MORE


California Secretary of State Closes Sacramento Office

January 07, 2021

The California Secretary of State's office is anticipating that crowds will continue to gather in Downtown Sacramento and around the State Capitol over the next several days. To err on the side of safety for their workforce and customers, the Sacramento office of the Secretary of State is closed to the public today, January 7, 2021 and possibly through Friday, January 8, 2021. READ MORE


New York Department of State Closed for System Maintenance 12/31

December 30, 2020

We have been recently informed that New York Department of State, Division of Corporations, State Records & UCC will be doing system maintenance starting Thursday, December 21, 2020 at 3:30 EST through Monday, January 4, 2021 at 12PM EST. During this time, the ability to file UCCs through their systems will be unavailable. Important to note: Certificates of Incorporation and Articles of Organization can be still filed online using their…READ MORE


Regional Stay At Home Orders Rolling Out Across California

December 10, 2020

On December 3, 2020, the California Department of Public Health issued a new Regional Stay At Home Order in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Beginning Friday, December 11, 2020, many counties in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Southern California regions will temporarily close their doors to the public for all over-the-counter services. County Clerks will continue to provide services by mail, including certified copy requests.…READ MORE


California Secretary of State’s Office Suspends Services Through End of Year

December 04, 2020

Effective Monday, December 7, 2020, and at a minimum through the end of December 2020, the California Secretary of State's office will temporarily suspend lobby pick up and expedite/preclearance services. All expedites dropped off on Friday, December 4, 2020, or prior will be processed and mailed back to the submitter upon completion. Any documents dropped off in the lobby drop box will be returned by mail and not subject to a special…READ MORE


New Jersey Legislation to Modernize Business Filing Statutes

September 22, 2020

New Jersey Senate Bill 2883 was introduced on 9/14/2020 to amend the New Jersey General Business Corporation Laws to provide for conversion and domestication of all business entity types. The bill is pending in the Senate Commerce Committee. For additional information about the bill, please click the link below. => MORE


CA SOS Closes Early due to Excessive Heat Warnings

August 17, 2020

The California Secretary of State will be closing the Sacramento lobby at 3 p.m. starting Monday, August 17, until Wednesday, August 19, due to multiple Excessive Heat Warnings and the need to reduce energy demand during peak hours. Daily pick up will be between 2:00 - 2:30 p.m. For additional information please visit the California Bizfile website. MORE


Chicago Business Services Office Closed Until August 6, 2020

July 29, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, the Chicago Business Services Office (69 W. Washington St.) will be closed until August 6 because of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19. The Business Services Office handles business service filings including but not limited to articles of incorporation, articles of organization for LLCs and annual reports. The Illinois Department of Public Health has been consulted and confirmed that the public…READ MORE


California Update – Assembly Bill 85 Exempts Payment of Minimum Annual Franchise Tax Payment

July 27, 2020

California Assembly Bill 85 was signed by the governor and, effective June 29, exempts a limited partnership (LP), limited liability company (LLC) and limited liability partnership (LLP) that files, registers or organizes to do business in California from paying the annual minimum franchise tax of $800 in its first taxable year for tax years beginning January 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2024. To read the full bill, click the link below. …READ MORE


Los Angeles Business Programs Division Office Closed

July 23, 2020

Out of abundance of caution related to COVID-19, the Los Angeles Business Programs Division office, Suite 12513, in the Ronald Reagan State Building will be closing. Beginning Thursday, July 23, 2020, a locked drop box will be available for customer use in the first floor lobby of the Ronald Reagan building. Los Angeles documents left in the drop box will be picked up periodically and sent to Sacramento for processing. The documents will…READ MORE