Effective this week, the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates extended its $600 fee to cover the legalization of all corporate and legal documents. The legalization fee for most corporate and legal documents was already $600; however, some corporate documents (e.g. Certificate of Good Standing) used to only cost $45 per certificate. Now, the only documents that do not cost $600 are “personal and education documents” (e.g. diploma, university degree, birth certificate, finger prints, death certificate, police records, marriage license, etc.), which are currently $45 for each certificate. For more information, please contact our apostille and legalization team at apostilles@parasec.com. You can also view this fee information here.

Each foreign corporation (both profit and nonprofit) in the state of Nevada is required to publish a statement of its last year’s business in a Nevada newspaper pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute 80.190. The law requires that the statement appear in two issues of a daily newspaper (with a weekly circulation of 1,000 or more) prior to the end of March or the third month following the close of the fiscal year for those not operating on a calendar year basis.

While you do not need to file proof of publication with the Secretary of State, foreign corporations should keep a proof of publication in your files. A foreign corporation that fails to comply is subject to a fine of $100 per month. Furthermore, a foreign corporation that fails to comply is not authorized to transact business in Nevada. If you need assistance, Parasec can handle publication of the statement for you. If you have any questions, please contact our Nevada office at (888) 972-7273 or by email at nv@parasec.com.

All active domestic corporation annual reports and franchise taxes are due annually on or before March 1, 2017. The state of Delaware requires all corporate annual reports and franchise tax payments to be done electronically.

To file your report and pay taxes and fees you may:

  1. File electronically at www.corp.delaware.gov.
  2. Contact your Delaware registered agent for assistance. For those of you who enlist the help of Paracorp, here are some helpful contact numbers:
    Paracorp – Delaware office at 888.372.7273 or Paracorp – Sacramento office at 800.533.7272.
  3. File on public-access computers, which are available at the Division of Corporations, Townsend Building, Dover or the Department of State, Carvel State Office Building, 4th Floor, Wilmington. If you have a library card, you may also use public access computers at all Delaware public libraries.
  4. If you require special accommodations, you may contact the Division of Corporations Franchise Department at 302.739.3073, press option #3.
  5. Live support is also available online and staffed Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at www.corp.delaware.gov under “contact us.”

Failure to file by the March 1, 2017 deadline will result in a penalty of $125 and interest of 1.5% per month being applied.

Back on April 1, 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law Senate Bill 1104, which allows certain financial institutions 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. The location or agent must be available to receive service of process between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days, excluding federal and Florida holidays. If a financial institution has no registered agent, service may be made to 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. The bill became effective January 1, 2017. To read the entire bill, go here.

In early December 2016, the California Secretary of State made some changes to the following forms: Certificate of Election to Wind Up and Dissolve, Certificate of Dissolution and Short Form Certificate of Dissolution. The forms were reformatted and filing tips/instructions were added in an effort to increase ease of use and hopefully reduce rejections. Furthermore, the Short Form Certificate of Dissolution was renamed Short Form Dissolution Certificate. The updated forms can be accessed via our website.

On January 1, 2017, the California Secretary of State’s office ceased issuing two different certificates (either an apostille or certificate) depending on the country of destination and parties or accession to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legislation for Foreign Public Documents. Instead, the two documents have been combined into a single authentication certificate that will be affixed to all documents regardless of the country of destination. The new authentication certificate is printed in black ink and no longer features the gold embossed state seal. While the authentication certificate itself has changed, the process of affixing it to the underlying document remains the same.Very few countries appear to have any issues with the new procedure; however, the California Secretary of State will determine how to resolve any issues as they present themselves. A sample of the single authentication certificate can be viewed here. For more information, please contact our apostille and legalization team at apostilles@parasec.com.