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Delaney Corporate Services, Ltd.
Delaney Corporate Services, Ltd.
800 Brazos Street
Suite 620
Austin, TX 78701
www.delaneycorporate.com
Phone: (512) 499-8989
Toll Free: (877) 499-7900



National Corporate Services, Inc.
National Corporate Services, Inc.
2 Club Centre Court
Suite 5
Edwardsville, IL 62025
www.ncservices.com
Phone: (618) 656-3791
Toll Free: (866) 416-6274
Fax: (618) 656-3795



ParaNet Corporation Services, Inc.
ParaNet Corporation Services, Inc.
3761 Venture Drive
Duluth, GA 30096
www.paranetlegal.com
Phone: (770) 497-9977
Toll Free: (800) 277-9977
Fax: (800) 815-0477



Triad Professional Services, LLC
Triad Professional Services, LLC
Parkway Forest 100, Suite 150
2050 Marconi Drive
Alpharetta, GA 30005
/www.triadpros.com
Phone: (877) 805-6723
Fax: (770) 220-1943




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Basics Box: Arkansas
Secretary of State
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  • Fax File:
  • UCC: Yes (additional 50 cents p/page)
    Corporate: No
  • E File:
  • UCC: Yes (with subscription $50 p/year)
    Corporate: Yes
  • Expedited Services:
  • UCC: No
    Corporate: No
  • Name Reservations:
  • Yes (120 days)
  • Preclearance:
  • No
    Apostilles and Authentications (Arkansas)
    Contact Information in Arkansas
    Domestic Corporation Summary (Arkansas)
    Foreign Qualification Summary (Arkansas)
    LLC Formation Summary (Arkansas)
    Recommended Service Companies (Arkansas)
    UCC Filing (Arkansas)

    Apostilles and Authentications (Arkansas)
    The Arkansas Secretary of State (AR SOS) provides apostilles and authentications for $10.00 per document.

    If a document is to be sent to a country that is not a member of the Hague Convention, further authentication may be required by the consulate or embassador to that country.

    NOTE: The AR SOS certifies only those documents that are notarized by an Arkansas notary public in good standing.

    About Authentication and Apostilles

    Authentication or a certificate of magistracy is an official certificate issued by the state official's office where the notary public is commissioned, confirming the existence of the notary public (or public officer) who has notarized the document. These certifications may be required when a document is being sent to another state or foreign country.

    If the countries where the document is being sent is a member of the Hague Convention, you can receive an "apostille" from the state where the notary is commissioned.

    In order to obtain an apostille or authentication, the document must be an original signed by the executing party, bearing an accurate notary public's signature (exact name of the notary as it currently stands of the state's records), date commission expires and notarial seal.

    It the country is not a member of the Hague Convention, the authentication process is a two step process. First the document will require certification from the AR SOS as to the notary's signature. Second, it will require authentication of the country's embassy or consulate.
    Using a service company:

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    Contact Information in Arkansas
    Arkansas Secretary of State
    Corporations Division
    State Capitol, Rm 256
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Phone: 501-682-1010

    Email: General_info@sos.arkansas.gov

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    Domestic Corporation Summary (Arkansas)
    Pursuant to the Arkansas Business Corporation Act (AR Code Ann. § 4-27-101 et seq. ), a corporation forming in Arkansas files Articles of Incorporation with the Arkansas Secretary of State (AR SOS) in person, via mail or online.

    Corporate Name: The corporate name must include the words "corporation" "incorporated" "company" or abbreviations thereof. The name may not end with the word "Company" nor the abbreviation "Co." if the final word or abbreviation is immediately preceded by "and" or any symbol for "and".

    No. of Directors: The corporation may have 1 director.

    Max for the Minimum Stock: There is no maximum number of shares of stock for minimum filing fee.

    Paid In Capital: There is no minimum paid in capital.

    Purpose: A specific business purpose is required.

    Preemptive Rights: Denied unless specifically granted.

    Cumulative Voting: Denied unless specifically granted.

    Incorporator: Incorporator may be anyone over 18 years of age and does not have to be a resident of Arkansas.

    Filing: Must file Franchise Tax Registration with the Articles of Incorporation. Franchise tax form is attached to the Articles of Incorporation.

    Filing Fee: $45 if filed online; $50 if paper filed.

    Incorporations, Generally

    A corporation is a legal entity created through and subject to the state laws of its state of incorporation. The separate legal existence of a corporation begins when the charter is filed with the secretary of state of the state of incorporation. State laws vary regarding the documents required to organize a corporation and the management of its internal affairs and corporate powers.

    LeapLaw's Incorporation Checklist identifies the information needed for an incorporation.

    A complete incorporation process generally consists of:

  • Determining name availability and possibly reserving the name

  • Performing trademark, trade name and domain name preliminary or full searches

  • Preparing a charter document for filing

  • Drafting bylaws

  • Preparing consent of incorporator (if applicable under relevant state law)

  • Preparing an organizational consent of directors

  • Obtaining the federal tax identification number by preparing IRS Form SS-4

  • Preparing IRS Form 2553 (if the company intends to qualify as an S corporation pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code)

  • Preparing a specimen stock certificate as well as all stock certificates of representing the initial stock issuance

  • Creating a stock ledger

  • Preparing and filing applications of foreign qualifications (if any)

  • Organizing the minute book

    For more information regarding incorporations, see LeapLaw's Incorporation Best Practice Summary.

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  • Foreign Qualification Summary (Arkansas)
    Pursuant to the Arkansas Business Corporation Act (AR Code Ann. § 4-27-1501 et seq. ), a foreign corporation, may not transact business in Arkansas until it files an Application for Certificate of Authority with the Arkansas Secretary of State (AR SOS).

    Name of Corporation: The corporate name must include the words "corporation" "incorporated" "company" or abbreviations thereof. The name may not end with the word "Company" nor the abbreviation "Co." if the final word or abbreviation is immediately preceded by "and" or any symbol for "and".

    Legal Existence Certificate: An original certificate of the corporation's legal existence issued from its domestic state, dated no more than 30 days earlier, must be attached to the Application for Certificate of Authority.

    Execution and Filing: Certificate is signed by an officer of the company. An original and copy is filed with the AR SOS together an executed original Franchise Tax Report which is attached to the Application for Certificate of Authority.

    Online Filing:: An amendment to the certificate of authority may be filed online. If filed online, filing fee is $270. The online Application for Certificate of Authority is available at the SOS forms page.

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    LLC Formation Summary (Arkansas)
    Pursuant to the Small Business Entity Tax Pass Through Act, Act 1003 of 1993 (AR Code Ann. § 4-32-101 et seq.), a limited liability company forming in Arkansas files Articles of Organization with the Arkansas Secretary of State (AR SOS).

    Articles may be filed online.

    LLC Name: Must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," "Limited Company," or the abbreviation "L.L.C.," "L.C.," "LLC," or "LC." The word "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd.", and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co." Companies which perform Professional Service MUST additionally contain the words "Professional Limited Liability Company," "Professional Limited Company," or the abbreviations "P.L.L.C.," "P.L.C.," "PLLC," or "PLC" and may not contain the name of a person who is not a member except that of a deceased member. The word "Limited" may be abbreviated as "Ltd." and the word "Company" may be abbreviated as "Co."

    No. of Members: The LLC may have 1 member.

    Purpose of Business: Articles do not required a statement of business.

    Execution and Filing: One copy of the articles is filed with the AR SOS.

    LLC Formation, Generally

    A limited liability company (LLC) is an entity created by state statute offering limited liability protection to its members (owners) similar to that enjoyed by stockholders of a corporation. LLC statutes exist in all 50 states.

    LeapLaw's LLC/LLP Checklist identifies the information needed for an LLC formation.

    A complete formation process generally consists of:

  • Determining name availability and possibly reserving the name

  • Performing trademark, trade name and domain name preliminary or full searches

  • Preparing the formation certificate for filing with the secretary of state

  • Drafting an operating agreement

  • Preparing an organizational consent of managers or members

  • Obtaining the federal tax identification number by preparing IRS Form SS-4

  • Preparing and filing applications of foreign registrations (if any)

  • Organizing the company records book

    For more information regarding the general formation process see LeapLaw's Limited Liability Company Best Practice Summary.

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  • Recommended Service Companies (Arkansas)
    The service companies listed below are members of NRAI’s Affiliate Network. These companies are high-quality service companies that deliver double the service for a fraction of the cost of the larger companies.

    So whether you’re looking to save significant money on Registered Agent services or double the service for half the price on corporate and UCC services, we strongly encourage you to contact:

    Delaney Corporate Services, Ltd.
    800 Brazos Street, Suite 620
    Austin, TX 78701
    Phone: 877.499.7900
    Fax: 512.499.8989

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    ParaNet Corporation Services, Inc.
    3761 Venture Drive
    Duluth, GA 30096
    Phone: 800.277.9977 / 770.497.9977
    Fax: 800.815.0477

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    Triad Professional Services, LLC
    Parkway Forest 100, Suite 150
    2050 Marconi Drive
    Alpharetta, GA 30005
    Phone: 877.805.6723
    Fax: 770.220.1943


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    UCC Filing (Arkansas)
    UCC filings in Arkansas are made with the Arkansas Secretary of State (AR SOS).

    UCC filing are available online. You must be an INA subscriber to take advantage of this service. Electronic debits against your checking account is the accepted method of payment for the UCC Filing system.

    Filing Tips

  • Be sure to present names as individuals or organizations. Include mailing address. Include organization information if applicable.


  • Debtor and Secured Party names will be entered into the Commercial Services system exactly as they are presented to the filing office.


  • Include your Commercial Services Submitter Account number on all filings and payments submitted to the filing office to avoid processing delays.


  • Use form UCC-11 to request a search. Request a search on UCC-1 only if you are also submitting a filing that you want included in the search.


  • Contact Information:

    State Capitol, Rm 256
    Little Rock, AR 72201
    Telephone: 501-682-1010

    Email: General_info@sosmail.state.ar.us





    UCC Filings, Generally


    Once a security interest has been granted in collateral in exchange for credit or some other funding, usually by entering a security agreement, the security interest should be “perfected” by filing evidence of such interest with the appropriate governmental authorities. Perfection of a security interest strengthens the legal rights of the creditor to the collateral in the event that the debt is not repaid in a timely fashion or some other default occurs.

    Revised Article 9 (RA-9) of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) provides that perfection is completed by filing financing statements (or UCC filings) with appropriate filing offices. Historically, UCC filings were made everywhere the debtor had tangible property or offices and/or was otherwise conducting business.

    In July 2001, Article 9 and state UCC laws in all 50 states were revised in an effort to simplify filing requirements. Revised Article 9 ("RA-9") was adopted by all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands with staggered effective dates, but most states adopted some form of RA-9 effective July 1, 2001. Under RA-9 only one filing is required, except as noted below. The appropriate place to file is generally the office of the secretary of state in the jurisdiction of incorporation or organization of the debtor (or the domicile or principal place of business, if an individual or an unincorporated entity). Transition to Revised Article 9 was completed as of July 1, 2006.

    Fixture Filings: Under Revised Article 9, fixture filings affecting real estate are still filed in the office where a mortgage would be recorded. Other than creating the ability to file with a standard national form, RA-9 has had no effect on real estate related filings.

    Foreign Debtors

    A financing statement to be filed against a foreign debtor, without a principal place of business in the United States, is filed in Washington DC. If the foreign debtor maintains a principal office in the United States, the financing statement is filed in the state in which it is registered.
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