New Requirements When Filing Fictitious Business Name Statements in Los Angeles County – California Small Business Attorney

FBNLACountyHere at Gale and Vallance, we have seen a recent development after a legislative amendment to the California Business and Professions Code. It affects those filing fictitious business name statements in Los Angeles County. The new law requires submission of an affidavit of identity in addition to the fictitious business name statement.

What the new law says

Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to Assembly Bill 1325, the Los Angeles County Registrar/Recorder County Clerk’s Office will require a completed Affidavit of Identity form to accompany the 2014 Fictitious Business Name Statement (Original, Refile and New).

Corporations and Limited Liability Companies filing fictitious business names must also file a certificate of status, obtained from the California Secretary of State as well.

Because counties may or may not opt to adopt the new regulations, not all counties in California are affected by its mandates. While the new law does affect Los Angeles County business owners, it does not affect entrepreneurs in Orange County. That is because Orange County chose not to adopt the new law and its requirements. To find out if the new law affects business owners in your area, contact the county government for the county in which you do business.

If you have questions about whether or not your business could be subject to this new law, please contact a qualified corporate lawyer.

Need more information?

Visit our page on fictitious business name statements for more in depth information on this topic and to learn more about this new law.

We’re here when you need us. If you need help filling out the Affidavit of Identity form, or if you just have a few questions, Contact Andrew Gale, a California small business attorney. Andy can be reached at +1 (714) 634-4860. Call today to get the legal assistance you need.