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It is crunch time!

It’s that time of year when many state and federal offices experience some slowdowns in processing time. For example, the turnaround time for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC is now up to nine (9) business days.

Bear this in mind, if you have deadlines with completion dates of December 30th, it is better to submit your requests, as soon as possible.  Typically, during the holiday season, many embassies, local, state and federal government agencies will experience longer processing times.  Speak with your Client Services Representative today to discuss available expedited handling options.

Please note these turnaround times change rapidly and we will do our best to keep you updated on the changes as they happen.

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday.

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DC Gov’t Offices Closed October 10th

All District of Columbia and Federal Government Offices will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. Our Washington, DC office will be open during regular business hours and will be able to provide nationwide assistance and limited services in the District.

The following District services will be available: UCC searches with copy retrieval, lien and court searches, corporate status searches and name availability.

The following District services will not be available: corporate filings, document retrievals, business license services, UCC filings, apostilles and notary certifications.

Most Foreign Embassies will be closed. However, for those Embassies that are open we will be able to provide service.

District offices will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, October 11th.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact our Washington, DC office at 202.386.7575, 877.531.1131 or dcorders@incserv.com.

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Chinese Embassy Experiencing Processing Delays

The Chinese Embassy in Washington, DC is currently experiencing a major document processing delay. Due to technical difficulties,Chinese Embassy Delay the embassy is unable to process any payments. Payments are processed upon completion of work. Therefore completed documents cannot be picked up until payment processing is available again. Incserv can continue to submit documents in the interim. The embassy is actively working to resolve the issue; however it may take several days.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any foreign embassy matter, please contact our Washington, DC office at 877.531.1131 or via email to dcorders@incserv.com. We will update our blog when the issue has been resolved. Please continue to check back here on our blog (www.incserv.com/blog) for further updates on this matter.

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The Panama Papers Part II

Joshua M. Twilley, President of Incorporating Services, Ltd. shares with us the following with regards to the Panama Papers.

The Panama Papers (Papers) put a spotlight on the uses of corporate entities for tax purposes.  While many (if not most) of the entities in the Papers were established legally and are not necessarily involved in legal wrongdoing, the focus on the uses of corporate entities and how they can be monitored while protecting the privacy of entities is an important discussion.  I previously wrote about the Panama Papers here.

Rick Geisenberger, Chief Deputy Secretary of State of Delaware and head of the Department of Corporations, recently outlined some of the issues facing identification and prosecution of those using corporate entities operating in illegal ways.  Mr. Geisenberger’s article appears in the September/October 2016 issue of Delaware Business, a publication of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

This insightful article, which can be found here, also highlights several easy-to-implement solutions to make sure corporate entities are not used for illegal purposes.

Delaware has been a leader on developing best practices for protecting America’s interests, which many other states have adopted.  I agree with Rick that the solution can’t be solved by looking to each state to adopt some form of compliance, with 50 different sets of laws and 50 different levels of corporate involvement.  The currently proposed federal solution outlined in the article would ensure compliance in all jurisdictions, creating a good balance of protection and privacy, and give federal authorities the ability to investigate and prosecute.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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The Panama Papers Part II

The Panama Papers Part II

Joshua M. Twilley, President of Incorporating Services, Ltd. shares with us the following with regards to the Panama Papers.

The Panama Papers (Papers) put a spotlight on the uses of corporate entities for tax purposes.  While many (if not most) of the entities in the Papers were established legally and are not necessarily involved in legal wrongdoing, the focus on the uses of corporate entities and how they can be monitored while protecting the privacy of entities is an important discussion.  I previously wrote about the Panama Papers here.

Rick Geisenberger, Chief Deputy Secretary of State of Delaware and head of the Department of Corporations, recently outlined some of the issues facing identification and prosecution of those using corporate entities operating in illegal ways.  Mr. Geisenberger ‘s article appears in the September/October 2016 issue of Delaware Business, a publication of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

This insightful article, which can be found here, also highlights several easy-to-implement solutions to make sure corporate entities are not used for illegal purposes.

Delaware has been a leader on developing best practices for protecting America’s interests, which many other states have adopted.  I agree with Rick that the solution can’t be solved by looking to each state to adopt some form of compliance, with 50 different sets of laws and 50 different levels of corporate involvement.  The currently proposed federal solution outlined in the article would ensure compliance in all jurisdictions, creating a good balance of protection and privacy, and give federal authorities the ability to investigate and prosecute.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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Delays expected at Some Embassies and Consulates

Deirdre Davis-Washington, Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations in Washington, DC shares the following news with regards to legalizations:

Please note many Islamic country Embassies will be closed one or more days this week beginning Monday, September 12, 2016 in observance of the Muslim holiday, Eid al Adha. This will cause a delay in the processing time of legalization of documents through these embassies.

If you have any questions about obtaining an apostille, authentication and/or legalization for documents to be used in a specific country, please do not hesitate to contact our Washington, DC office at 202.386.7575 to inquire about the specifics of a particular embassy or consulate.

For assistance in Washington, DC with any Federal Agency or Embassy service or to learn more about any of the above mentioned services, contact our office at dcorders@incserv.com.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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Delays expected at Some Embassies and Consulates

Delays expected at Some Embassies and Consulates

Deirdre Davis-Washington, Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations in Washington, DC shares the following news with regards to legalizations:

Please note many Islamic country Embassies will be closed one or more days this week beginning Monday, September 12, 2016 in observance of the Muslim holiday, Eid al Adha. This will cause a delay in the processing time of legalization of documents through these embassies.

If you have any questions about obtaining an apostille, authentication and/or legalization for documents to be used in a specific country, please do not hesitate to contact our Washington, DC office at 202.386.7575 to inquire about the specifics of a particular embassy or consulate.

For assistance in Washington, DC with any Federal Agency or Embassy service or to learn more about any of the above mentioned services, contact our office at dcorders@incserv.com.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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New Things Are Happening In DC!

As you know, Washington, DC is the Capital of the United States. It’s busy and exciting! Right now there are so many new things happening in Washington, DC.

Check out our DC Special Report below!

Apostille and Notary Certificates – The DC Government has changed the look of their Apostille and Notary Certificates. They are now blue and on watermark paper. In addition, the notary certificates no longer have ribbons attaching the pages but are uniform with the Apostille certificates.

Business Licensing – DC Business Licensing has simplified its processes for obtaining a NEW general business license. We can submit an electronic request and print the licenses out same day, if approved by the division. This enables us to monitor the status of your request and be aware should the division have any questions.

Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) – Every federal agency, including the OCC, quotes 20 business days for processing and most times, requests really do take this long to be returned. Our DC office now has the ability to track the progress of requests submitted to the OCC online. We will continue to pick up the original document(s) from the office. This new process is cutting the processing time down for certificates of corporate existence to 7-10 business days. All other copy retrieval requests are still running about 15-20 business days for processing but we hope the new system will continue to improve the turnaround times.

DCRA Biennial Report Deadline – All entities that were required to file its biennial report with the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Corporations Division this year and did not by the final due date of August 31st have now been revoked as of September 1st. However, don’t worry; if you inadvertently overlooked the deadline, you can still restore the status of your company by filing a reinstatement application and your two-year report. Incserv can assist with submitting your filings over the counter and have you back in good standing in as little as one to three days.

Hague Apostille Convention – Just a reminder, Chile, became a Hague Apostille Country as of August 30, 2016. If your documents are state-issued or have been notarized, you can now obtain an Apostille on the state level. If your document is a federally issued document, you will need to obtain your apostille from the U.S. Department of State. There is no need to go to the embassy any longer for full legalization.

For assistance in Washington, DC or to learn more about any of the above mentioned services, contact our office at dcorders@incserv.com.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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New Things Are Happening In DC!

New Things Are Happening In DC!

As you know, Washington, DC is the Capital of the United States. It’s busy and exciting! Right now there are so many new things happening in Washington, DC.

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Check out our DC Special Report below!

Apostille and Notary Certificates – The DC Government has changed the look of their Apostille and Notary Certificates. They are now blue and on watermark paper. In addition, the notary certificates no longer have ribbons attaching the pages but are uniform with the Apostille certificates.

Business Licensing- DC Business Licensing has simplified its processes for obtaining a NEW general business license. We can submit an electronic request and print the licenses out same day, if approved by the division. This enables us to monitor the status of your request and be aware should the division have any questions.

Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) – Every federal agency, including the OCC, quotes 20 business days for processing and most times, requests really do take this long to be returned. Our DC office now has the ability to track the progress of requests submitted to the OCC online. We will continue to pick up the original document(s) from the office. This new process is cutting the processing time down for certificates of corporate existence to 7-10 business days. All other copy retrieval requests are still running about 15-20 business days for processing but we hope the new system will continue to improve the turnaround times.

DCRA Biennial Report Deadline – All entities that were required to file its biennial report with the Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), Corporations Division this year and did not by the final due date of August 31st have now been revoked as of September 1st. However, don’t worry; if you inadvertently overlooked the deadline, you can still restore the status of your company by filing a reinstatement application and your two-year report. Incserv can assist with submitting your filings over the counter and have you back in good standing in as little as one to three days.

Hague Apostille Convention – Just a reminder, Chile, became a Hague Apostille Country as of August 30, 2016. If your documents are state-issued or have been notarized, you can now obtain an Apostille on the state level. If your document is a federally issued document, you will need to obtain your apostille from the U.S. Department of State. There is no need to go to the embassy any longer for full legalization.

For assistance in Washington, DC or to learn more about any of the above mentioned services, contact our office at dcorders@incserv.com.

The information within this post is intended for general information purposes only. Incserv and its employees cannot offer legal or financial advice. Please consult with your legal counsel for assistance in how this information may or may not affect you and your business prior to making any decisions. The above information (and any attachments) should be judged accordingly.

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Three New Countries to Join the Hague Apostille Convention

Incorporating Services, Ltd (Incserv) specializes in Federal and Embassy services managed by our Washington, DC office. Incserv’s staff is familiar with the intricacies of dealing with various federal agencies and has a vast understanding of the many foreign embassies’ policies and procedures.

Deirdre Davis-Washington, Assistant Vice President of Branch Operations in Washington, DC shares the following news with regards to legalizations:

Brazil, Chile and Morocco have joined The Hague Apostille Convention. These countries no longer require full legalization through the embassy and can go to the Secretary of State for notarized and/or state issued documents and the U.S. Department of State for documents issued by federal agencies. The Apostille certificate will conclude the legalization process and thereby deem your document as ready for use in these countries.

  •  Brazil’s effective date is August 14, 2016- read more
  •  Morocco’s effective date is August 14, 2016- read more
  •  And Chile’s effective date is August 30, 2016- read more

Please note, after these dates, these embassies and/or consulate offices will no longer accept documents for legalization.

To visit The Hague Convention website news, click here to learn more.

To find out more about some of the services Incserv offers direct from Washington, DC, click on the Federal Agency & Embassy Services link to the left. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Send us an e-mail. Chances are, if it’s available in Washington, DC, we can make it happen!