Saturday, December 2, 2017

Suspended Corporations and LLCs Lose the Right to Conduct Business in California

Jonas M. Grant was recently quoted as a California corporate law subject matter expert in an article in an online journal covering Los Angeles real estate news:
[The] corporation ... continues to conduct business even though the state of California suspended its registration over two months ago. Operating without a valid registration is illegal under California law, legal experts said. ...

Jonas Grant, an L.A.-based attorney who practices corporate entities law, said as a business without a valid corporation registration, “you’re basically dead in the water until you fix the problem.” ...

Suspension temporarily strips corporations of a number of rights ... including being able to defend itself in court or bring a lawsuit. Such corporations could also have contracts voided by a court, according to California law.

“If you don’t have the right to conduct business that would include the right to contract,” said Grant.

Inside Mercer Vine: A suspended brokerage, a potential fraudster at the helm, and $260M in dead deals by Natalie Hoberman and Will Parker, The Real Deal, December 1, 2017.

A suspended corporation cannot conduct any business in the State of California until it is revived to active, good standing, a process called revivor. This is generally accomplished by filing any past due annual reports or tax returns, and by paying any past due taxes, interest, and penalties with the Franchise Tax Board.

Recommended steps to avoid a suspension include engaging an accountant to assist with tax preparation and filing and to keep track of associated deadlines, and enrolling the LLC or corporation in a lawyer's corporate maintenance program to ensure legal compliance.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Does LegalZoom Handle Its Own Trademark Registrations?

LegalZoom offers trademark filing services, so naturally, when it comes to its own trademarks used to promote this and other of its online, non-attorney document preparation services, it trusts these to its in-house team, the same ones used by its customers, right?  

Wrong.  According to publicly available U.S. Trademark Office records, is currently using Bryan Cave, a large law firm, to register its new trademarks and maintain its existing marks.

Click the image below to view one example:

You may want to consider following Legalzoom's lead and engage a trademark attorney to register, maintain, and advise your small business regarding trademark matters.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Why don't TV/film studios and producers accept unsolicited material?

Why Do TV Networks Have 'No Unsoliciated Materials' Policies?
One reason:
LAWSUITS. Networks do not want to get sued because you thought they stole your idea. When creators pitch an undeveloped idea anybody could have come up with ... they think a show that has anything do with their idea was stolen from them. For instance, Marc Zicree was a writer on “Star Trek Next Generation” and he told us there were one, or more, lawsuits filed for every episode by people who claimed their ideas had been ripped off. Are ideas ever stolen? Yes. Does it happen as often as rumored? Absolutely not.
Also see: Help, Hollywood Stole My Idea (or Script)!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Screenwriters: How to Find An Agent

ScreenwritingU is offering a free teleconference on a topic many new screenwriters have lots of questions about - how to land an agent. Sign up here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Tips for Starting a Part-Time Side Business While Still Employed

Tips for Starting a Side Business from include:
[C]onsider running your business as a part-time operation alongside your current job...

understand and follow your employment contract to the letter, especially if it makes reference to inventions and intellectual property (IP) that you develop as part of your job. Almost always, anything developed on company time and using company property belongs to the company.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Screenwriters: Find An Agent (or Manager) with Script Contests

Getting representation from an agent or manager in Hollywood is not easy. You have to find someone who believes in you and your work, and you need to believe that they are both capable and willing to sell your work.

One of the better ways to get noticed by agents, managers and producers is script contests. ... it can lead to an offer of representation.
5 Script Contests Actually Worth Entering, Screenwriting Magazine, Sept. 16, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Inspirational Quotes for Entrepreneurs

Some of my favorite quotes of interest to entrepreneurs and small business people from a collection of 20 Small Business Quotes ("20 Small Business Quotes That Will Inspire You",, March 15, 2016):

“The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer” - Nolan Bushnell

“If you're going to run a small business, you need to know what everyone is doing, be the first one in and the last one out, and work weekends.” - Glen Mazzara

“In America, small business is a big deal.” - Bob Beauprez