By Attorney Edward Jesson
A question we frequently get from business owners, small and large alike, is whether they need to register their business in other states. The answer is, as usual, “it depends.” The process of registering your business in another state is often referred to as “Foreign Qualification”. While the laws vary from state to state, the following is a very general guide to whether you need to go through the foreign qualification process for your business.
First of all, depending on the state, there can be serious ramifications for not registering your business in a specific state in which you are doing business. These can range from financial penalties to losing your business’s limited liability status, exposing you, as the individual owner, to liability in that state. In some states, it can also mean that, if your business is not properly qualified to do business in that state, your business is not permitted to bring legal action in that state. For example, if your business wished to enforce a contract in court in a state in where your business is not properly registered, your business may not be able to bring that lawsuit.
To determine whether you need to go through the foreign qualification process, the important question you must ask yourself is whether your business is “doing business” in that state. Again, the rules on this from state to state vary, but there are some general things to look out for when asking yourself that question:
If you have questions about doing business with your LLC or corporation in another state, the attorneys at Jesson & Rains can assist you.
By Attorney Kelly Jesson
This year, make a resolution to prioritize estate planning. Estate planning allows you to gain control and peace of mind over difficult and unpredictable situations. We have previously written about the difficulties caused by dying without a will in North Carolina and the pitfalls of the probate process in North Carolina; however, many of the “worst-case” scenarios can be avoided with proper planning. Let us help you make 2023 the year you plan for emergency scenarios and protect your business and personal assets for the benefit of your loved ones through estate planning.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has shown us that there are no guarantees, but it has also highlighted what is most important to each of us: family. Estate planning allows you to plan for what happens when you pass away, including naming a trusted person to handle your final affairs, name guardians for minor children, and distribute your assets according to your wishes. In addition to planning for death, our office drafts durable and health care powers of attorneys, where you can name agents to make both financial and medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated and cannot communicate.
There is no reason to wait to do planning, and as the pandemic continues to be a part of our “new normal,” you should get a plan in place before it is ever needed. If you do become incapacitated or ill, it may be more difficult or impossible to get documents in place, as you must have testamentary capacity to create valid estate planning documents.
Some of our clients delay estate planning because they do not have any friends or family members they trust to serve in fiduciary roles. In some circumstances, members of the firm may serve in these roles for the client if the client feels comfortable. It is better for you to take control and name someone yourself than to have the government appoint someone in an emergency or when you pass away.
We want to help you take CONTROL in 2023! Please call Jesson & Rains if you have questions about getting your estate plan in order or updating an existing estate plan. While You Build, We Protect.
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