Some Louisiana Parishes Closed Due to Hurricane Ida Click here for information. The Delaware Division of Corporations will be closed Friday afternoon (9/24) Click here for information.
SYSTEM MAINTENANCE: On Sunday, September 26Th, we will be performing routine maintenance and access to our services will be intermittent. Please contact your Account Manager with any questions or concerns.
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Due to the impacts of Hurricane Ida, some Louisiana Parishes are closed. Please refer to the link below to get up-to-date information. Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes are closed until further notice; Orleans Civil, Orleans Criminal and St. John Parishes are planned to re-open on September 19, 2021. Jefferson Parish will re-open on September 20, 2021 (https://www.jpclerkofcourt.us/). During this time, our Client Services Specialists will… READ MORE
On Friday, September 24, 2021 an off-site Employee Recognition event is planned for all the employees of the Delaware Division of Corporations. The Division staff will be departing at 11:30 A.M., there will not be an evening shift and the following changes will be in effect:
Friday, September 24, 2021
Staff will work from 8 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.
There will be no Priority 3 “Same Day” service or Priority 5 “Must Approvals”. After… READ MORE
The Connecticut Secretary of State's Business Services Division has shut down CONCORD, their online system for business and UCC filings effective June 17, 2021. All business filings will be available on the Connecticut Business One Stop website on June 21, 2021.
For more information pleae visit the Connecticut Secretary of State's Website (linked below)
=> https://www.concord-sots.ct.gov/CONCORD/customer READ MORE
Delaware Governor John Carney announced that June 18, 2021, will be an additional holiday for state government in honor of Juneteenth and that government offices will be closed that day.
Online agents will be able to access DCIS for processing through the direct transaction activity and will be able to use UCC research, name availability and the DCIS repository. This is the same level of access available after normal business hours and… READ MORE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2021
For more information:
(916) 313-8900 x8970
First Corporate Solutions Celebrates 13 Years as Preferred Vendor for the International Factoring Association
SACRAMENTO, CA - First Corporate Solutions, Inc. (FCS) is proud to celebrate our 13th year as Preferred Vendor of the International Factoring Association (IFA) for UCC services,… READ MORE
The following State Filing Offices will be closed on Friday, April 2nd 2021 in observance of Good Friday:
• Kentucky (closing at 12PM ET)
• New Jersey
• New Mexico (closing at 12PM MT)
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
Your Account Manager will be available during these closures for any questions or… READ MORE
The website for Hawaii Bureau of Conveyances will be down for maintenance from February 26, 2021 at 4:30 HST until March 29, 2021 at 7:00AM HST. At this time, UCC state and county filings will not be submitted electronically. During this time, your Client Services Specialist will contact you to discuss your filing options. If you should have any questions, please contact your Client Services Specialist for further information.
UPDATE:… READ MORE
The Michigan UCC filing and search system will be offline from 5 PM on March 11, 2021 until 8 AM on March 15, 2021 for upgrades. During that time, the UCC Office will not process filings or searches. Any items received in the mail March 11 or 12 will not be processed until March 15. Please contact your Client Services Specialist with questions. READ MORE
The Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Tennessee and Texas Secretary of State offices are closed today, 2/18/2021, due to weather conditions. For information about which services are still available, please contact your dedicated Account Manager.
You can also visit the Secretary of State's website by clicking one of the links below.
Maryland Department of State - https://www.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx
New Jersey Department of State… READ MORE
The Tennessee and Texas Secretary of State offices are closed today, 2/17/2021, due to weather conditions. For information about which services are still available, please contact your dedicated Account Manager.
You can also visit the Secretary of State's website by clicking one of the links below.
Texas Secretary of State - https://www.sos.state.tx.us
Tennessee Secretary of State - https://sos.tn.gov READ MORE
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.
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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
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
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
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
Below is the holiday schedule direct from the Delaware Secretary of State for the remainder of the year and the start of 2021.
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
State Holiday – Election Day – The Division of Corporations will be closed.**
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
State Holiday – Veterans Day – The Division of Corporations will be closed.**
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
There will be no change in the regular hours of… READ MORE
The CEA’s Annual Conference, a 3-day event held virtually this year, was once again proudly sponsored by First Corporate Solutions. The conference began Saturday, October 3, reconvened the following Saturday, October 10, and will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, October 17.
The conference has featured industry speakers, educational sessions, and legislative updates. These sessions are always informative with countless highly connected and… READ MORE
The Louisiana Secretary of State will be closing their office Friday, October 9th due to the threat of Hurricane Delta.
For additional information please visit the Louisiana Secretary of State website. (https://www.sos.la.gov) READ MORE
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.
=> https://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2020/Bills/S3000/2883_I1.HTM READ MORE
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has recently signed Article 9, business organization and lien-related legislation as shown below.
LB 910, signed on 8/6/2020, changes the fees charged by the Secretary of State for UCC, EFS and business entity services. The bill increases the fees in most cases and provides for higher fees if a record is communicated in writing. Committee assignment is pending. The new law takes effect on 7/1/2021
> More… READ MORE
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.
https://www.sos.ca.gov/business-programs/bizfile/ READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder business communities across the country with its latest threat – Fraud.
In Indiana, there is a current phishing attempt going around that impersonates the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
In this phishing attempt, the business receives an email stating they have been approved for financial aid such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and tells them to click a link to “start… READ MORE
Our office in Dover, Delaware, is currently closed due to the state of emergency declared there for inclement weather. Please contact your account manager or call 800.406.1577 for any questions and/or orders.
Thank you for your patience. We will keep you advised as the situation develops. READ MORE
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 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
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
The Florida Division of Corporations has once again closed their office. They are expected to remain closed until July 27. Online services and Apostille / Legalization requests remain available at this time. All other requests may be delivered and delivery dates will be honored, but they will not be processed until the office re-opens again.
For additional information please visit the Florida Division of Corporations website online at… READ MORE
Due to Covid-19, the Florida Division of Corporations will be closed the week of 7/13/2020. Filing and document requests can be submitted but they will not be processed until the division re-opens.
For additional information please visit https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/. READ MORE
On Monday, July 13, 2020 at 12:01 AM, the California Secretary of State’s office plans to shut down their current UCC Online System. Their new system will go live on July 15, 2020, around 10:00 AM.
During this time, users will not be able to submit electronic filings or conduct any online searches on California’s system. All documents received by mail or the Sacramento drop box during this time will receive a filing date of July 15,… READ MORE
For the latest information on office hours and current processes for every Secretary of State’s office and more, go direct to each governmental office’s website using the links below.
Secretary of State links
Attorney General links
State Banking and Finance Division links
Department of Revenue links
First Corporate Solutions (FCS) is proud to announce our sponsorship of the 2020 International Association of Commercial Administrators’ (IACA) Annual Merit Award Ceremony. This year, the ceremony will be held virtually in July instead of at the annual conference which was postponed back in May due to COVID-19 impacts.
FCS has always been proud to support IACA and the Merit Awards, and during these uncertain times, feels its importance… READ MORE
Delaware Governor John Carney announced today that June 19, 2020, will be an additional holiday for state government in honor of Juneteenth and that government offices will be closed that day. Because of this, any business entity filings will not be able to be processed until Monday. Therefore, if you need a filing to receive Friday’s date of 6/19/202, the global filing service will be in effect.
If you have questions please contact… READ MORE
Senate Bill 54 signed by the governor and effective June 5, 2020 eliminates the requirement for the Secretary of State to record notice of administrative revocation of articles of incorporation in the clerk of court of the parish in which the corporation's registered office is located. Additionally,the bill adds a requirement for registered agents to be authorized in their organizational documents to act as a registered agent.
For additional… READ MORE
UPDATED: June 5, 2020
California SOS Updates
Lobby drop-off open from 8am to 3pm, however all planned services that were to resume June 1, 2020, remain suspended. All regular counter drop offs will be processed on a first in, first out basis, filing fees are required to be paid by check or money order, no cash or credit cards at this time. Documents will be returned by regular mail unless otherwise stipulated.
Remains… READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions is again honored to partner with the California Escrow Association by sponsoring their upcoming Annual Bulk Sale Seminar event.
Originally scheduled to convene in Costa Mesa on March 21, the seminar was cancelled due to impacts of COVID-19. Ever resourceful, the CEA has pivoted to adjust and plans to offer the same seminar content broken up into Zoom meetings. The details are still being finalized.
Seminar… READ MORE
The impacts of the coronavirus are being felt, requiring action to mitigate and address evolving realities during these uncertain times, and First Corporate Solutions (FCS) is doing just that to assure your compliance management needs continue to be supported as best as possible.
FCS has ordered hand sanitizer and wipes for the staff and also distributed educational material and guidance protocols to limit exposure in our offices. In… READ MORE
The Delaware Division of Corporations has received inquiries about impacts and possible changes to operations due to the Coronavirus. As a result, it has created a link with information on their website https://corp.delaware.gov and will use this page to provide any updates or changes as they develop. Further, the Delaware Division of Corporations will send notifications to the online agent community with information and updates that are… READ MORE
All FCS offices will be closed Christmas Day, December 25, and will reopen Thursday, December 26.
Please contact your Account Manager for any assistance you need.
First Corporate Solutions, Inc.
800.406.1577 | Contact Us READ MORE
The Delaware SOS is closed tomorrow for Christmas Eve.
No filings can be submitted to the state tomorrow, Tuesday 12/24. All Delaware filings that require a 12/24 index date must be submitted today, Monday 12/23.
If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact your account manager. READ MORE
The Virginia Corporate Commission is planning to release a new system on December 9th. Some immediate effects to consider include:
from November 22nd to December 16th, all expedited or rush services will not be offered;
online services will be impacted starting on November 25th, except for new domestic business registrations;
the Corporate Commission’s website and online services will not be available from December 4th to 6th.
Electronic… READ MORE
On July 18, 2019, the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office launched a new system that impacted UCC and Corporate data, UCC filings, UCC and Corporate searches and online copy services. First Corporate Solutions has been providing updates once a month regarding various issues we have been experiencing related to turnaround times for various order types.
For the past couple of weeks, the turnaround times for copies has been a least a week… READ MORE
The Oklahoma Secretary of State is closed today, Friday, July 26, 2019, due to break in the water main. Any corporate filings submitted today will not be filed until Monday, given the issue has been resolved.
Filings will receive the date they are processed and not be backdated. Also affected are authentication/apostille requests and transmitting utility UCC filings.
This problem does not affect regular (non-transmitting utility)… READ MORE
The Nevada Secretary of State’s commercial filing services will be unavailable until Friday, July 19, 2019 with the deployment of their new business processing system.
The following services will be unavailable during this transition period:
- new entity filings
- initial filings
- annual list filings
- state business license applications
- copies requests
- Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings
- amendments… READ MORE
Our offices and all U.S. filing jurisdictions will be closed in observance of the holiday on Thursday, July 4th.
The following filing offices will be closed on Friday, July 5th:
- South Dakota
Contact your client services specialist with any questions or concerns.
The Ohio Secretary of State has made the following changes to its UCC filing process and good standing certificates.
Will require all UCC filings to be submitted online via the State's web portal or XML e-filing. Once effective the Secretary of State will reject any paper UCC filings. Estimated Effective Date: July 1, 2019
Long Form Good Standings
Traditional long form good standing certificates will no longer be provided… READ MORE
Thursday, June 6, 2019
The Delaware Division of Corporations 4-12 night shift is working from 2:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M.
During this time:
- DCIS and Fax Gateway will be available until 11:59 P.M. for securing filing dates and times.
- Emergency issues with connectivity? Call 302-739-9560 after 10:00 P.M.
Friday, June 7, 2019
The Delaware Division of Corporations staff will be available from 8 A.M. to 11:30 A.M. EST.
During… READ MORE
We are pleased to announce that First Corporate Solutions (FCS) sponsored the 2019 International Association of Commercial Administrators’ (IACA) Annual Merit Award Ceremony. The ceremony was held last week at the IACA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
IACA is a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction record systems at the state, provincial, territorial, and national… READ MORE
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
The following state filing offices are closed today due to inclement weather:
• New Mexico
• South Dakota
Reach out to your Account Manager with any questions or concerns! 800.406.1577 READ MORE
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
The California Secretary of State is currently down due to a network interruption with no estimate for repair.
Contact your Account Manager at email@example.com for questions or concerns regarding your orders.
Thank you for your patience as we await resolution on this matter. READ MORE
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.
The Washington Secretary of State is closed Monday, February 11th due to inclement weather. Please be advised that filings may be delayed.
Questions? Reach out to your account manager at 800.406.1577. READ MORE
The Nevada Secretary of State was closed Monday, February 4th, and is reopening today at 10 am due to severe snow storms. Please be advised that filings may be delayed.
Questions? Reach out to your account manager at 800.406.1577. READ MORE
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Signed by the governor on June 8th and effective August 7th, Senate Bill 425 (Chapter 2018-222) modifies requirements for LLC mergers and eliminates rights of former LLC members under the Limited Liability Company Act. READ MORE
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
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
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
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
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
Sacramento, CA (March 5, 2018) - First Corporate Solutions (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management and due diligence firm, announced today that they have released Michigan and Tennessee state UCC & lien data to their online UCC and lien search system. Online users can now search its reliable and current indices for Michigan and Tennessee UCC data including an expansive library of clear, downloadable document images.
The… READ MORE
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
First Corporate Solutions is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the 2017 International Association of Commercial Administrators’ (IACA) Annual Merit Award Ceremony to be held this May in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) is a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction record systems at the state, provincial, territorial,… READ MORE
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
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:
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 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
First Corporate Solutions, Inc.
Phone: 800.406.1577 x5012
First Corporate Solutions Releases Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee to Online UCC and Lien Search System
First Corporate Solutions announced today that they have released Hawaii, Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee for UCC searching on their online search system. Effective… READ MORE
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 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Sacramento, CA (September 7, 2016) - First Corporate Solutions (FCS), a global UCC and corporate risk management and due diligence firm, announced today that they have released Alabama and New York to their online UCC and Lien search system. As of today, First Corporate Solutions online users can search their reliable and current indices for Alabama and New York UCC data including an expansive library of clear,… READ MORE
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
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
We are pleased to announce that First Corporate Solutions will sponsor the 2016 International Association of Commercial Administrators’ (IACA) Annual Merit Award Ceremony. The ceremony will be held in June at the IACA’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio.
The International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) is a professional association for government administrators of business organization and secured transaction record… READ MORE
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
State of Delaware offices in all three counties will open at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 25, 2016. Non-essential employees do not report until 10 a.m. Essential employees are to report as scheduled. READ MORE
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
Today, December 14, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell declared that a state holiday will be recognized this coming Christmas Eve on December 24, 2015. Please include this holiday update information to your planning.
If you have any questions please contact your Customer Support Representative. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions offices will be closed on Thursday (11/26/15) and Friday (11/27/15) in observance of Thanksgiving. Please contact your account manager if you have any rush requests prior to the holidays. READ MORE
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
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, https://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
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
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
This week, the Delaware Division of Corporations will return to operating hours of 8am EST to 8pm EST Monday through Friday, September 28 through October 2. Cut-off times for Expedited Services will be adjusted as follows: 30 minute and 1hour expedited requests must be submitted by 6pm and 2 hour expedited requests must be submitted by 5pm. All other priority submissions will revert back to normal cut off times.
If you have any… READ MORE
September 3rd to September 8th
The Delaware Secretary of State will close on Thursday, September 3rd at 4:30 pm EST, will be closed on Friday, September 4th and will not reopen until Tuesday, September 8th at 8:00 am EST due to the new DCIS system (ICIS) being implemented.
Thursday, September 3rd – All priority services will be discontinued at 12:00 pm EST.
Thursday, September 3rd – No filings or searches can be processed… READ MORE
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
First Corporate Solutions, Inc. (FCS) a nationwide UCC and corporate service provider, announced the release of Virginia to the online UCC system. As of January 26, 2014, active online FCS customers may log on and search Virginia UCC data. READ MORE
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
FCS will host an exhibit at this year's disco themed "Don't Stop Believing" CEA conference, as well as sponsoring and presenting company news and information at the bulk sale session. The conference runs October 23-25 at the Hilton in Costa Mesa, with the bulk sale presentation taking place Saturday at 8:30AM. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions, Inc. (FCS) a nationwide UCC and corporate service provider, announced the release of two new states to the online UCC system—Georgia and New Jersey. As of November 3, 2014, active online FCS customers may log on and search more than 4.5 million filings combined in Georgia and New Jersey. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions announced the addition of Kentucky data to their web-based search system. As of Monday, August 4, 2014, active users can log on to the system and search Kentucky data for UCC's and Federal Tax Liens. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions, Inc. (FCS) a nationwide UCC and corporate service provider, announced today the launch of a new service to complement its online and over the counter UCC filing services.
UCC Secured Party Representative Service from FCS allows secured parties to use FCS as their representative on UCC Financing Statements. This prevents their competitors from targeting their client list through secured party searches. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions announced its sponsorship of the California Escrow Association's Northern California educational conference, 50 Shades of Escrow. The conference takes place at the San Ramon Marriott from July 18-19. READ MORE
First Corporate Solution will sponsor the 2014 International Association of Commercial Administrators Merit Awards to be presented on Monday, May 19, 2014, in Milwaukee, WI. 2014 marks the 37th Annual IACA Conference. READ MORE
First Corporate Solutions announced today the release of New Hampshire data to their web-based search system. As of Monday, May 5, 2014, active users can log on to the system and search New Hampshire data for UCC’s and Federal Tax Liens. READ MORE
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 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
First Corporate Solutions will release an update to its Online UCC and Lien Search, File, Monitor and Portfolio Management System. Users will experience a host of benefits associated with the product upgrade including faster load times, increased functionality and more-ease-of-use.
FCS made significant changes to interfaces of the filing and history portfolios, which now have a collapsible reference tree for organizational purposes. Users… READ MORE
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 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 (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
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