California requires you to appoint and maintain an in-state registered agent.

California laws are highly complex. And, state and legal notices are too important to risk getting lost in the shuffle. Any misstep can be disastrous.

Your registered agent must handle essential documents (such as annual reports and service of process) correctly and deliver them swiftly to the right people. CT Corporation’s experience and expertise remove that worry from your shoulders.

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  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state Not included
  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state Not included
  • Qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state Not included
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  • Registered agent services - includes a registered agent location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications
  • Online portal - compliance portal to keep your business compliant 24/7
  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state
  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state
  • Qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state Not included
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  • Registered agent services - includes a registered agent location within the state to receive legal and critical business communications and a dedicated team to receive and route all service of process legal notifications
  • Online portal - compliance portal to keep your business compliant 24/7
  • Name availability check - verification and reservation of desired business name with the state
  • Incorporation services - completion and filing of all legal documents and Articles of Incorporation with the state Not included
  • Qualification services - preparation and filing of all qualification documents with the state
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Legislative updates

Assembly Bill 1864, effective January 1, 2021, among other things, renames the Department of Business Oversight as the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation.
Assembly Bill 979, effective January 1, 2021, amends the General Corporation Law regarding composition of boards of directors. For more information about this bill see our article “California Requires Corporate Boards to Have Directors From Underrepresented Communities”.
Assembly Bill 3075, effective January 1, 2021, amends the General Corporation Law and LLC law regarding the contents of Statements of information, such changes which will be effective January 1, 2022 unless the SOS certifies that California Business Connect is complete before then.
Senate Bill 522, effective January 1, 2021, amends the Corporations Code regarding business entity naming requirements and amends the General Corporation Law and Nonprofit Corporation Law concerning inclusion of entity numbers on filings.
Senate Bill 1371, effective January 1, 2021, amends the General Corporation Law and Nonprofit Corporation Law regarding director meetings and the LP law regarding dissenting limited partners. (See Bill Sections 38, 39 & 41)
Executive Order N-40-20, effective March 30, 2020, suspends General Corporation Law requirements that business corporations obtain shareholder consent before holding shareholder meetings by electronic transmission or by electronic video screen communication and the requirement for written notice of such meetings under specified conditions and with respect to meetings already scheduled or otherwise required to be held before June 30,2020.
The California Secretary of State’s Office has posted its March 2020 Report on Women on Boards of Directors. This report was required to be posted by the Secretary of State by Senate Bill 826, Laws of 2018 which provides, among other things, that “No later than the close of the 2019 calendar year, a publicly held domestic or foreign corporation whose principal executive offices, according to the corporation’s SEC 10-K form, are located in California shall have a minimum of one female director on its board.” The bill also provides that no later than March 1, 2020, and annually thereafter, the Secretary of State shall publish a report on its Internet Web site regarding compliance with the law and providing other information. For more information on Senate Bill 826, see our article “California Becomes First State To Require Gender Diversity on Boards of Directors”.

Case summaries

Corporate Counsel
Capra v. Capra, C084032, decided December 22, 2020. The California Court of Appeal affirmed denial of the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss the defendants’ attorney because he had been corporate counsel for a corporation of which the plaintiffs were shareholders. The court noted that the plaintiffs were not suing on the corporation’s behalf so there was no concurrent representation. In addition, the court rejected the plaintiffs’ contention that corporate counsel necessarily represents its shareholders. And in the absence of evidence the attorney ever represented the plaintiffs, there was no continuous representation.
Personal Liability
Choy v. Ribeiro, C080715, decided November 3, 2020. The California Court of Appeal ruled the trial court erred in holding a corporation’s president and owner personally liable for severance pay to an employee. They could not be considered alter egos based on the fact they jointly filed papers contesting the plaintiff’s allegations or that the president recruited employees. The president and owner also could not be liable as successors or assignees as that relates to separate companies buying assets and not to shareholders and officers.
Corporate Citizenship
Mueller v. Clarke, SACV 20-01401, decided September 28, 2020. The U.S. District Court, Central District of California held that a Texas professional corporation was not a citizen of California for diversity purposes because it qualified to do business in California as foreign professional corporation. The court noted that this is a registration requirement for foreign corporations and “to state the obvious, because they are foreign to California they are not citizens of the state”.
Suspension and Revival
Granny Purps, Inc. v. County of Santa Cruz, H045387, decided August 5, 2020. The California Court of Appeal ruled that the plaintiff’s causes of action were time barred by the statute of limitations. The plaintiff filed within the limitations period but its corporate status was suspended at the time and it was not revived until after the limitations period. According to the court the statute of limitations is a substantive defense and a corporation’s revivor does not retroactively validate a lawsuit filed during suspension.
Right to Jury
Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. v. Superior Court, No. S250047, decided April 30, 2020. The California Supreme Court held that civil actions brought by the Attorney General or local prosecuting authorities against a business under the state’s unfair competition law and false advertising law seeking civil penalties as well an injunction or other equitable remedies are equitable in nature and are properly tried by the court rather than a jury. The legislative history and legislative purpose of both statutes convincingly establish that the Legislature intended that such causes of action under these statutes would be tried by the court, exercising the traditional flexible discretion and judicial expertise of a court of equity, and not by a jury, including when civil penalties as well as injunctive relief and restitution are sought.
Applicability of Securities Laws to Direct Listings
Pirani v. Slack Technologies, Inc., No. 19-cv-05857, decided April 21, 2020. The U.S. District Court, Northern District of California held, in a case of first impression, that an investor who purchased stock in a direct listing in which registered and unregistered shares were made publicly tradeable at the same time has standing to bring an action under Sec. 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 claiming losses due to misstatements and omissions in the offering documents.
Suspended Corporation
Wanke Industrial, Commercial, Residential, Inc. v. AV Builder Corp., D074392, decided February 19, 2020. The California Court of Appeal held that a judgment creditor could bring a creditor’s suit against a third party that owed the judgment debtor money even though the judgment debtor was a suspended corporation that lacked the capacity to sue the third party. The creditor’s suit statute considers whether the judgment debtor is owed a debt by the third party, not whether it has the capacity to collect the debt.

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