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Legislative Changes in Nevada

Below is information we recently received through the National legislative changes in nevadaPublic Records Research Association (NPRRA) concerning legislative changes in Nevada. As an active member of the NPRRA, one of the many benefits is the continuous flow of information such as this between members regarding changes in policy, law, and processing of public records searching and filing across the US.

Notice of 2017 Legislative Impacts The 2017 Legislative session imposed several changes to certain requirements within Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. Below is a highlight of the changes. For further information and a complete list of bills, please refer to the Nevada Legislature website at: https://www.leg.state.nv.us

Assembly Bill 6 – Effective July 1, 2017 Removes an exemption from the requirement to obtain a state business license for businesses whose primary purpose is to create or produce motion pictures.

Assembly Bill 123 – Effective October 1, 2017 Revises provisions governing initial and annual lists and revises provisions relating to a series created by a limited-liability company. Each new business entity subject to Title 7 of the Nevada Revised Statutes shall file an initial list at the time of filing its organizational documents. If an amended list is filed within 60 days after the initial list is filed, the business entity shall not be required to pay a fee. If the articles of organization or operating agreement of a limited-liability company creates one or more series, the registered agent of the company shall be deemed to be the registered agent for each series of the limited-liability company. Each series may be served with any legal process, notice or demand required or authorized by law by serving the registered agent of the limited-liability company which authorized the creation of the series.

Senate Bill 41 – Effective October 1, 2017 Revises provisions governing the examination of the records required to be maintained by registered agents and revises the provisions governing the examination of records required to be maintained by certain business entities. The Secretary of State may conduct periodic, special or any other examinations of any records required to be maintained pursuant to this chapter or any other provision of NRS pertaining to the duties of a registered agent as the Secretary of State deems necessary or appropriate to determine whether a violation of this chapter or any other provision of NRS pertaining to the duties of a registered agent has been committed. Upon the request of the Secretary of State, a limited liability company shall provide the Secretary of State with the name and contact information of the custodian of records, if different from the registered agent for such company. Each limited partnership shall continuously maintain a principal office in this State, which may but need not be a place of its business in this State, or a custodian of records whose name and street address is available at the limited partnership’s registered office. A limited partnership shall maintain at its principal place of business in this State or with the custodian of records a current list of the full name and last known business address of each partner, separately identifying the general partners in alphabetical order and the limited partners in alphabetical order.

Assembly Bill 423 – Effective January 1, 2018 The Secretary of State shall work in consultation with the Nevada Commission for Women to design and conduct an annual survey of businesses in this State for the purpose of collecting data and information related to issues of gender equality in the workplace. The survey shall be offered through the state business portal at the time the business submits an online application or renewal for a state business license. The Secretary of State shall make the voluntary responses electronically available and searchable on the Internet website of the Office of the Secretary of State and shall annually compile the responses into a report and submit the report to the Governor and to the Director of the Legislative Counsel Bureau.

Assembly Bill 436 – Effective January 1, 2018 The Secretary of State shall ensure that the state business portal enables a person who applies for the issuance or renewal of a state business license to indicate whether the applicant is a minority-owned business, a woman-owned business or a veteran-owned business and shall provide information electronically concerning programs to provide financing for small businesses and information concerning the process by which the business may become certified as a disadvantaged business enterprise. The Secretary of State shall include and maintain the same information on its Internet website. The Office of Nevada Secretary of State

If you have any questions about how the legislative changes in Nevada may affect you or if you need assistance with forming or maintaining your entity in Nevada, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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What is an Independent Manager?

This week’s informational blog covers the basics of what Independent Representation is byIndependent Manager answering the question – What is an Independent Manager?

A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is managed by a board of managers.  The board of managers oversees the activities of  an LLC.  An Independent Manager is a special type of manager appointed to the LLC’s board that has no equity relationship with the entity and thus is considered to be independent of the LLC’s ownership.  The role of this unique position is usually outlined in the LLC’s operating agreement.

So…Why would an LLC appoint an Independent Manager? Appointment of Independent Representation may be a lender or third party requirement in a transaction. This special position provides a level of security for the third party. (Think of it as insurance.) As we previously mentioned, the third party will detail the Independent Manager’s duties when drafting the operating agreement. These duties generally require the Independent Manager be a party to and vote in certain major board decisions. Again, the specific types of decisions the Independent Manager must give consent for are also outlined in the operating agreement of the LLC.  By requiring this unique position, the third party retains some control over the LLC without actively managing the entity.

These are just the basics. If you want to learn more, have questions about, or need to appoint Independent Representation, feel free to reach out to us. We would be happy to assist you. And don’t forget to keep an eye on our blog for more info to come…

 

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What is a Registered Agent and Why Are They Important?

A registered agent is the company or person you designate to receive legal and tax notices for your company. Most jurisdictions legally require entitiesWhat is a registered agent and why are they important? such as corporations and limited liability companies (LLCs) to list a company or individual physically located within the jurisdiction and available normal business hours to serve as this point of contact. Resident agent, statutory agent, and statutory representation are some of the additional titles a registered agent may go by.

So, why is a registered agent important? Well, aside from the legal requirement telling you that you have to have one (which in my book makes them kind of important), a registered agent helps you sustain your business by providing important documents and notices to keep you compliant in the jurisdictions you formed or qualified to do business in. Since these documents and notices usually require an action within a limited amount of time, it’s imperative your agent always has up-to-date contact information for you.

As mentioned earlier, the registered agent will receive and forward important legal and governmental documents and notices. In the case of legal documents such as Service of Process (SOP), you may have only a few days to respond to a summons. If your agent doesn’t have your current contact information, important response dates could be missed, resulting in significant legal repercussions. The same holds true for annual report and franchise tax notices. Invalid contact information may equate to a missed filing date and major headache, with late fees, penalties, and interest continually accruing.

Not only is keeping your registered agent up-to-date with current contact information for your entity important, but so is ensuring your annual registered agent fees are paid. Failure to maintain a registered agent may result in your agent resigning. When an agent resigns, the company is no longer considered to be in good standing with the jurisdiction and you risk losing the legal protections your entity may provide you. Returning to good standing with the jurisdiction then usually requires additional fees and may even involve filing new documents. So, why risk it?

If you have any questions or need assistance with Registered Agent Services, feel free to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help!

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Certificate of Incumbency – A Case Study

Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered the ins and outs of boat registrations, as well as the “Who?” “What?””Why?”and “How” forCertificate of Incumbency Case Study a Certificate of Incumbency. Today we wrap it all up with a real-life case study of how a Certificate of Incumbency was able to help an international boat owner.

An international client needed to prove to Israeli authorities he was the rightful owner of his boat. The boat was registered under the name of a Limited Liability Company (LLC). This client in turn owned the LLC. Sounds simple enough, right? Wrong… A basic LLC formation document in Delaware does not list the owners of the entity. So, how does the client prove ownership then? One suggestion his legal counsel gave was to file an Amendment in Delaware adding an article to show he was the owner. However, this would mean the client’s personal information, such as home address would become public information, which was not an ideal solution for this client. In talking with the client about the situation, we mentioned we often provide a Certificate of Incumbency for international clients needing to prove ownership to banking officials.  The client asked for a sample document and conferred with his attorney. The attorney agreed the Certificate of Incumbency would sufficiently meet the needs to prove his ownership. The client provided us with all the necessary documentation. We then drafted the certificate, had it notarized, and sent it to the State of Delaware for an Apostille. The end result? A very happy client!

If you have additional questions or need assistance with obtaining a certificate, give us a call or email us. We’re always happy to help you out in any way we can. Just remember, we can’t give legal or tax advice. You’ll have to contact an attorney or CPA for that.

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Boat Registration Series Part 3-US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation

Our Delaware Boat Registration Series has covered how to register your boat in Delaware, as well as vessel documentation - cargo shiphow to renew, transfer and deflag or delete your boat registration. In this final blog of the Delaware Boat Registration Series, we won’t cover Delaware at all, but rather the US Coast Guard. Through the National Vessel Documentation Center, the US Coast Guard facilitates documentation.

What is vessel documentation? This is essentially federal level boat registration. However, not just anyone can register their boat or vessel with the US Coast Guard. There are specific requirements a vessel must meet.

What are the requirements for vessel documentation? A vessel must measure at least five net tons and be wholly owned by a US citizen.

What is net tonnage? Per the US Coast Guard, “Net tonnage is a volumetric measure of a vessel’s useful capacity, for which a number of different measurement systems are in use worldwide. U.S. law requires tonnage measurement for any vessel for which the application of a U.S. law depends on the vessel’s tonnage. Owners of U.S. vessels less than 79 feet in length may choose measurement under one of two older U.S. Formal Measurement Systems (the Standard or Dual Regulatory Measurement Systems), or the U.S. Simplified Regulatory Measurement System. The U.S. tonnage measurement program is administered by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC).”

What are the requirements for vessel documentation? The basic requirements for US Coast Guard documentation are to demonstrate ownership of the vessel, US citizenship, and eligibility for the endorsement sought.

For more information about US Coast Guard vessel documentation, check out the National Vessel Documentation Center’s website. If you have additional questions or need assistance, give us a call or email us.

 

 

 

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New Hampshire Corporate Law Updates

Incorporating Services, Ltd. (Incserv) is an active member of the National Public Records Research Association (NPRRA). One of the many benefits of this membership is the continuous flow of information from other members regarding changes in policy, law and processing of public records searching and filing across the US. We received the below information from the NPRRA.

New Hampshire has enacted the following legislation, effective as noted:

Senate Bill 42, Laws of 2017, effective August 27, 2017, has amended the business and nonprofit corporation laws by repealing the requirement that a public hearing be held in connection with domestic reinstatements. This applies to late reinstatements for business corporations.

The Bill may be accessed at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2017&v=HP&id=916.

Senate Bill 18, Laws of 2017, effective August 28, 2017, has amended the business corporation and LLC laws by authorizing revoked foreign corporations and foreign LLCs to apply for reinstatement.

The Bill may be accessed at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/bill_status/billText.aspx?sy=2017&id=918&txtFormat=pdf&v=current.

If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us or call 800-346-4646.

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Certificate of Incumbency – Who? Why? How?

Earlier in the month, we answered the question “What is a Certificate of Incumbency?”  Certificate of Incumbency Lending Transaction(In case you missed the blog post – click here to read what we had to say.) In this week’s blog, we are covering the “Who?” the “Why?” and the “How?” of Incumbency Certificates.

Who needs a Certificate of Incumbency? Most often our International clients with US businesses are the clients requesting this type of document.

Why do clients request Incumbency Certificates? When entering into financial or other legally binding transactions, a certificate may be requested to prove the named individuals are authorized by the company. The certificate confirms the identity of the corporation’s signing officers or in the case of an LLC, the members and managers of the company. It may also name directors and shareholders and confirm other minute book contents.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Incumbency? Just give us a call or email us.  As the registered agent for your entity, we can prepare the document for you. All you need to do is provide us with copies of your internal documentation, such as meeting minutes from your corporate minute book. If we’re not the Registered Agent, ask us about changing your Registered Agent to Incorporating Services, Ltd.

If you have additional questions or need assistance with obtaining a certificate, give us a call or email us. We’re always happy to help you out in any way we can. Just remember, we can’t give legal or tax advice. You’ll have to contact an attorney or CPA for that.

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Delaware Boat Registration Series – Part 2

Delaware boat registrationIn part one of our three part Delaware Boat Registration series we answered some frequently asked questions about how to register your boat in Delaware. Here in part two, we’re covering boat registration renewals, transfers, and deflagging/deleting.

When can I renew my Delaware boat registration? As mentioned in part one, Delaware boat registrations run on a calendar year. Beginning mid-October, registration renewal opens up. Therefore if your registration expires December 31st, you may renew beginning in mid-October.

What information do I need to renew my Delaware boat registration? You will need the information from your original registration, such as the hull number, boat registration/DL number and the exact individual or company name your boat is registered under. Please note if your boat is registered under a company name, the company needs to be in good standing with the State of Delaware and with its registered agent.

I need to renew, but my address needs to be changed. How do I change the address on my registration? Your address can be updated during the renewal or transfer process.

Can I use your address on my registration? Yes. If you’re an Incserv registered agent client, you can use our address on the registration.

How do I transfer my Delaware boat registration? Transferring registration is simple. You’ll need a notarized bill of sale and then you will complete a new application. For all the details on new applications, click here to check out part one of our series.

Can I deflag or delete my Delaware boat registration? Deleting your Delaware Boat registration is also commonly referred to as deflagging your boat. Like transferring registration, the process is easy. All you need is the registration number. This is the number that starts with DL on your registration card. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources (DNREC) can then produce a deletion letter. If the deletion letter needs to be apostilled for use abroad, we can help with that too!

As always, if you have additional questions or need assistance with boat registration, renewal, transfer, and/or deletion, give us a call or email us. We would be happy to help, as we courier boat registrations back and forth to DNREC several times a week for our clients.

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Arizona Senate Bill 1272

Arizona Senate Bill 1272Incorporating Services, Ltd. (Incserv) is an active member of the National Public Records Research Association (NPRRA). One of the many benefits of this membership is the continuous flow of information from other members regarding changes in policy, law and processing of public records searching and filing across the US. We received the below information from the NPRRA.

Arizona Senate Bill 1272 (2017 session), effective August 9, 2017, made various changes to the Arizona corporations law.

Procedural changes resulting from this bill include the following:

  • The Arizona Corporations Commission (“ACC”) will no longer automatically return a copy of approved documents. Instead, the ACC will only automatically return an approval letter. 
  • The ACC will continue to return copies of rejected documents along with a rejection letter.
  • The Statement of Change of Known Place of Business Address or Statutory Agent forms for corporations (domestic and foreign) and LLCs (domestic and foreign) have been revised, as the requirements for both have been somewhat simplified.
  • There is now a six-month suspension of the annual report requirements for domestic and foreign corporations that voluntarily file for dissolution or withdrawal. However, if the voluntary dissolution is not completed within that six month period, the annual report and any related fees (including any late filing penalties) will be due. The ACC has recommended that a tax clearance certificate be obtained and submitted with the dissolution or withdrawal filing to help avoid any penalty fees from accruing.
  • Foreign nonprofit corporations are no longer required to file applications for new authority when they amend their name, duration, or home jurisdiction. They can now file Articles of Amendment to Application for Authority with a certified copy of the amendment instead.
  • LLCs whose latest date to dissolve has passed can now be administratively dissolved. The ACC has advised that there are several thousand LLCs on their records that may be administratively dissolved due to this change, starting on August 9, 2017.

A copy of this bill is available here: https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/GetDocumentPdf/451387

The ACC has also published a legislative update regarding this bill on their website here: http://www.azcc.gov/Divisions/Corporations/Legislative-changes-update-July-2017.pdf

If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to contact us or call 800-346-4646.

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Certificate of Incumbency – What is it?

Certificate of IncumbencyA Certificate of Incumbency is a document that confirms the identity of individuals within a company. This document may also be known as a Statement of Incumbency or Incumbency Certificate. Depending on the type of company, the document may identify the members and managers or the officers and shareholders of the company. When opening a foreign bank account, this may be one of the documents requested.

A Certificate of Incumbency may include information such as:

  • When and where the company was formed, as well as the state file number
  • Registered Agent details for the company
  • Names and titles of company officials
  • Shareholder names, titles, and stock ownership details
  • Status in the jurisdiction of formation

The details within the document are based upon the company’s state registration records and internal documentation, such as meeting minutes. The internal documents used to prepare the document are attached to the certificate. Many times, a Certificate of Good Standing from the jurisdiction of record is also obtained and attached as further proof.  The document is then notarized.

Often times, the document is drafted by the agent of record. Other times, the document may be drafted and executed by the company and sent to the agent of record. In cases such as this, an affidavit is drafted by the agent of record and attached. Dependent upon where the document is destined to be used, the document may then be apostilled by the state of record.

If you have additional questions or need assistance with obtaining a Certificate of Incumbency, give us a call or email us. Please note – we must be the Registered Agent of a company in order to prepare a Certificate of Incumbency. If you require a Certificate of Incumbency and we are not the Registered Agent, ask us about changing your Registered Agent to Incorporating Services, Ltd.