The California Secretary of State’s office is the central filing office for certain financing statements and other lien documents provided for in the Uniform Commercial Code.  Filing with the Secretary of State serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. Generally, the active duration…

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A fictitious business name statement (dba or “doing business as”) must be registered with the county clerk of the county of the registrant’s principal place of business if the business is any of the following: (i) sole proprietorship doing business under a name not containing the owner’s surname; (ii) partnership; or (iii) corporation doing business…

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