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Closed – May 30, 2016

All IncServ offices will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day and will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM (ET).

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Have a Safe and Pleasant Holiday Weekend!

Have questions about a specific jurisdiction? IncServ posts a monthly jurisdictional closing blog. To view the full list of closures, click here.

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New Florida Law Affects Service of Process

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 its 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 on Tuesday, September 27, 2016.

Florida Senate Bill 1104 was signed into law by Florida Governor Rick Scott on April 1, 2016. The bill allows a financial institution authorized by state or federal law to designate with the Department of State a place or registered agent as the sole location to receive service of process. Service of Process may be made on any officer, director or business agent of the financial institution at its principal place of business, or at any other branch, office or place of business in the state, if a financial institution has no registered agent. The bill becomes effective January 1, 2017.

Please click here to view the entire bill.

For assistance in Florida contact our office at florders@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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Update – NC Turnaround Times Back To Normal!

Kim Sharpe, Assistant Vice President based in our North Carolina office, shares the following update regarding the Secretary of State in North Carolina.

The Secretary of State North Carolina Corporations Division is now back to normal, with turnaround times returning to 3-5 business days for corporate filings.

UCC filing times remain unchanged.

For questions or need assistance in North Carolina, contact our office at ncorders@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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DE Secretary Of State Cut-Off Times Altered!

On Thursday, September 8, 2016 an Employee Recognition Luncheon is planned for all the employees of the Delaware Secretary of State – Division of Corporations. State services have been altered.

All 30 Minute and One-Hour service filings must be received prior to 6:00 PM (ET)and Two-Hour service filings will need to be received prior to 5:00 PM (ET). All other cut-off times will remain unchanged.

We will be able to secure filing dates and times until 12:00 AM (ET).

To meet these deadlines, Incserv must receive all filings AT LEAST 15 MINUTES before the DE SOS corresponding cut-off times.

Incserv will have full-staff available to meet all of your corporate and UCC needs. Contact us via email or call 800.346.4646 (International callers please dial 302.531.0855).

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DE Secretary Of State Cut-Off Times Altered!

DE Secretary Of State Cut-Off Times Altered!

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On Thursday, September 8, 2016 an Employee Recognition Luncheon is planned for all the employees of the Delaware Secretary of State – Division of Corporations. State services have been altered.

All 30 Minute and One-Hour service filings must be received prior to 6:00 PM (ET) and Two-Hour service filings will need to be received prior to 5:00 PM (ET). All other cut-off times will remain unchanged.

We will be able to secure filing dates and times until 12:00 AM (ET).

To meet these deadlines, IncServ must receive all filings AT LEAST 15 MINUTES before the DE SOS corresponding cut-off times.

IncServ will have full-staff available to meet all of your corporate and UCC needs. Contact us via email or call 800.346.4646 (International callers please dial 302.531.0855).

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Florida Has Declared A State Of Emergency!

The Governor of Florida has declared a State of Emergency as they brace themselves for Tropical Storm Hermine. Governor Scott announced, “Today, in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine, I have ordered the closure of state offices and buildings in 51 counties at noon. Our employees work very hard and their safety is of the upmost importance.”

As of now, state offices will be closed in the following counties:
ALACHUA, BAKER, BAY, BRADFORD, BREVARD, CALHOUN, CITRUS, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, ESCAMBIA, FLAGLER, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, GULF, HAMILTON, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, HOLMES, JACKSON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LAKE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, MANATEE, MARION, NASSAU, OKALOOSA, ORANGE, OSCEOLA, PASCO, PINELLAS, POLK, PUTNAM, SANTA ROSA, SARASOTA, SEMINOLE, ST. JOHNS, SUMTER, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, VOLUSIA, WAKULLA, WALTON, AND WASHINGTON

Decisions regarding Friday, September 2nd will be made after further weather updates. If you have business matters pertaining to Florida, please take this into consideration when planning. Please contact us or check back here for updated information.

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Florida Has Declared A State Of Emergency!

Florida Has Declared A State Of Emergency!

 

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The Governor of Florida has declared a State of Emergency as they brace themselves for Tropical Storm Hermine. Governor Scott announced, “Today, in preparation for Tropical Storm Hermine, I have ordered the closure of state offices and buildings in 51 counties at noon. Our employees work very hard and their safety is of the upmost importance.”

As of now, state offices will be closed in the following counties:
ALACHUA, BAKER, BAY, BRADFORD, BREVARD, CALHOUN, CITRUS, CLAY, COLUMBIA, DIXIE, DUVAL, ESCAMBIA, FLAGLER, FRANKLIN, GADSDEN, GILCHRIST, GULF, HAMILTON, HERNANDO, HILLSBOROUGH, HOLMES, JACKSON, JEFFERSON, LAFAYETTE, LAKE, LEON, LEVY, LIBERTY, MADISON, MANATEE, MARION, NASSAU, OKALOOSA, ORANGE, OSCEOLA, PASCO, PINELLAS, POLK, PUTNAM, SANTA ROSA, SARASOTA, SEMINOLE, ST. JOHNS, SUMTER, SUWANNEE, TAYLOR, UNION, VOLUSIA, WAKULLA, WALTON, AND WASHINGTON

Decisions regarding Friday, September 2nd will be made after further weather updates. If you have business matters pertaining to Florida, please take this into consideration when planning. Please contact us or check back here for updated information.

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Law Change Affects Conversions in NC

Law Change Affects Conversions in NC

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 on Monday, August 29, 2016.

North Carolina SB 482 (Session Law 2016-114) was signed into law by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on July 28, 2016. Amongst other things, the law is amended to allow the conversion of a charitable or religious corporation to a LLC, if the sole member of the surviving entity immediately after the conversion is a charitable or religious corporation. The bill is effective October 1, 2016.

SECTION 3, G.S. 57D-9-20 reads as rewritten: Ҥ 57D-9-20. Conversion:

(a) An eligible entity other than an LLC may convert to an LLC if both of the following requirements are met:

(1) The conversion is permitted by the law governing the organization and internal affairs of the converting entity.

(2) The converting entity complies with the requirements of this Part and, to the extent applicable, the law governing its organization and internal affairs immediately before the conversion.

(b) The conversion of a charitable or religious corporation to an LLC is permitted by law if the sole member of the surviving entity immediately after the conversion is a charitable or religious corporation. This subsection shall not limit the ability of an eligible entity to convert to an LLC if otherwise permitted by law.

(c) For purposes of this section, charitable or Religious Corporation shall be as defined in G.S. 55A-1-40(4).”

For information and to read the full bill please go to: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2015&BillID=s482

For assistance in North Carolina with Charitable or Religious Corporations, contact our office at ncorders@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.