Tuesday, February 22, 2011


Early in the year is a great time for a visit with your business lawyer and a business check-up. We frequently encounter business owners who have overlooked the payment of their annual filing fees to the Nevada Secretary of State, resulting in their corporation or LLC falling into a “default” status. The primary reason for forming a corporation, LLC or other like entity is to limit, to the greatest extent possible, the personal liability of the business’ principals for the errors or omissions of the entity. Failure to maintain the entity’s good standing with the Secretary of State is a common mistake that jeopardizes the protection of the individual business owners that entity formation is designed to provide. Likewise, many business owners overlook routine record keeping in the nature of corporate minutes and resolutions, or keeping stock registers and other records of ownership up to date. While the record keeping can be brought current annually, or periodically throughout the year, a consistent failure to maintain and update such records can also endanger the protections afforded by forming the entity in the first place. Your business lawyer is the appropriate person to review the status of your corporate filings and record keeping to ensure that your business is positioned to take advantage of the protections that Nevada law allows.

This time of year is also a great time to examine whether your business has evolved to the point where a different business form may be more advantageous or whether it is time to retain your business lawyer as your company's resident agent (which we always recommend) rather than a commercial resident agent service.
There are many "to-do's" this time of year. Adding a business check-up to the list is likely to save time and expense for your business as the year wears on.

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