California: Corporate Filing Scam

One of our clients recently contacted us regarding the legitimacy of a document they received in the mail (see image below). The document was sent by a company called Corporate Compliance Center with an address in Sacramento, CA. While the document looks official, it is being sent by a company that is in no way related to the California Secretary of State or any government agency.

The document is titled “Annual Minutes Compliance Notice” and asks for information regarding the names of all the officers and directors of the business, along with a check for $150 in order to meet the terms of the “annual minutes requirements.” Please note that the California Secretary of State’s office does not require that a business file its annual minutes. If you have any questions, our experienced staff can help you identify if the documents you have received are legitimate. Simply give us a call at 800.533.7272, and we’ll do our best to help ensure you don’t fall prey to one of these scams.

 

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Nevada: IRS Scam

The Nevada Secretary of State (SOS) recently issued a scam alert involving the fraudulent use of a document altered to appear to be an official certificate issued by the SOS. The scam requests the recipient pay “IRS tax fees” in order to receive “winning money” from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). If you need assistance verifying the authenticity of any official-looking documents you receive, do not hesitate to call us at 888.972.7273. We can help determine the legitimacy before you take action.

California: Santa Clara Court to Trim Hours on Fridays

Santa Clara County Superior Court is slated to reduce the hours of its civil clerk’s office in San Jose as a result of continuing cuts to the State Judicial Branch Budget. The court’s current office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; however, beginning Friday, May 5, 2017, and effective every Friday thereafter, the new hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, please check the Superior Court website at www.scscourt.org.

California: Changes to Articles of Incorporation – General Stock and Articles of Organization Forms

The California Secretary of State recently made some changes to the “Service of Process” section on the Articles of Incorporation – General Stock and Articles of Organization forms. The revision was made to clarify the requirements for providing either the name and California street address of an individual agent for service of process or the name of a registered corporate agent. For more information on these changes or for assistance filing your articles, give us a call at 800.533.7272.

Embassy of the United Arab Emirates – Good Standing Fee Increase

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.

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