Zero Filing Fee for Entity Formations (for now)!

Because of recent legislation, the California Secretary of State’s processing fees for initial entity filings, such as articles of organization for limited liability companies (LLCs), articles of incorporation for corporations, and out-of-state entity registrations to do business in California, have … Continue reading

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California Secretary of State to Enhance Online Filing Portal

The following information was taken from an e-Bulletin published by the Corporations Committee of the California Lawyers Assocation. It was prepared by William Ross, of counsel to Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP, and Darren L. Nunn, a partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai … Continue reading

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What is a Professional Corporation?

According to the law in California (the Moscone-Knox Professional Corporation Act), a professional corporation is a corporation that is engaged in rendering professional services. In this context, “professional services” are any type of professional services that may be lawfully rendered … Continue reading

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Good Standing Certificates in California

California does not issue good-standing certificates under that name. For what is referred to in other states as a “good standing certificate,” the California Secretary of State will issue a CERTIFICATE OF STATUS certifying to the current status of an … Continue reading

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Administrative Dissolutions

As previously posted on this blog, California law was changed (AB 2503) to allow the state to dissolve entities administratively instead of allowing zombie entities to remain on the rolls permanently. A word to the wise:  Abandoning the entity and … Continue reading

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LLC Taxes Due April 15 Even with Extension to File

A single-member limited liability company (SMLLC) is a disregarded entity for federal income tax purposes. But for state law purposes, California SMLLCs are separate legal entities that are subject to paying the $800 minimum franchise tax (and if gross receipts … Continue reading

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FTB Has Started to Dissolve Administratively Suspended Corporations

In 2019, a new law took effect in California, which permits a California corporation to be administratively dissolved if the corporation’s corporate powers have been suspended by the Franchise Tax Board (“FTB”) for 60 consecutive months. Before dissolving the corporation … Continue reading

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When Are Out-of-State Entities Doing Business in California?

What if a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC) is formed in another state, like Delaware or Nevada, but does business in California? The out-of-state business entity (a “foreign” business entity) must register with the state, file tax returns, … Continue reading

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Bulk Sales Law: A Possible Trap for the Unwary Buyer of a Business

Buyers of businesses should be aware that California, like some other states, has a “bulk sales” law. Its official name is Uniform Commercial Code—Bulk Sales. The bulk sales act is designed to protect the creditors of a business by giving … Continue reading

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Out-of-State LLC Owning Property in California

Experienced San Jose, CA Foreign LLC Lawyer Ready To Assist You Many California residents are members of LLCs formed under the law of other states (often referred to as “foreign LLCs”). California, being hungry for tax revenue, often tries to … Continue reading

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