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Michigan Businesses: LARA Warns of “Michigan Council for Corporations” Scam.

April 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Good afternoon, all. This is a photo I took from Spring Break a few weeks ago. Peaceful.

Another photo I took of Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Anyway, on to the point of this post:

Businesses should make sure to do everything to protect their “corporate shield” and to stay in “Good Standing” by filing their annual statements. However it appears that some are attempting to take advantage of susceptible business owners.

Today I received an e-mail from The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs(“LARA”) 

LARA issued a Press Release alerting business owners of a scam that has resurfaced. Indeed, 6 years ago LARA warned the public of essentially the same scam.

According to LARA’s press release:

“[LARA] Director Orlene Hawks today warns Michigan corporations of a non-governmental entity called “Michigan Council for Corporations” seeking to collect a $150 fee to prepare “corporate consent records in lieu of annual meeting minutes.” This deceptive notice is not issued by LARA or any governmental agency. Corporations are only obligated to file their annual report through LARA’s Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) and not an “Annual Records Solicitation Form.”

LARA further warns that:

“Michigan businesses are receiving an official-looking form called the “2019 — Annual Records Solicitation Form, Shareholders, Directors and Officers,” which can be viewed here. The accompanying instructions deceptively state that completing and submitting the form, along with a $150 payment, will “satisfy the annual corporate records for your corporation.”

“This is not to be confused with the State of Michigan legal requirement of corporations submitting an annual report, due on or before May 15 each year after incorporation,” said Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) Director Julia Dale. “The annual report or annual statement can be filed online along with the applicable fee of $25 payable to the State of Michigan.”

LARA gives the following advise:

Any Michigan corporation that receives a notice to have corporate consent records prepared and pay a fee to avoid dissolution of their corporation are advised to do the following:

  1. Keep the notice, mailing envelope, and return envelope.
  2. Contact the United States Postal Inspections Service to report mail fraud at:
    1-877-876-2455 or 
    https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/
  3. Or contact the Michigan Office of the Attorney General at P.O. Box 30212, Lansing, MI 48909.

Legitimate notices and mailings to Michigan corporations are issued from LARA’s Corporations Division and are mailed to the resident agent at the registered office address on record. When receiving any official-looking document, please review carefully and read the small print. If you are not sure, please contact the LARA Corporations Division at 517-241-6470. Customers with questions about their corporation, limited liability company or limited partnership are encouraged to use the Business Entity Search to check their status. Additional information is available on the Corporations Division website at www.michigan.gov/corporations or by calling the Corporations Division at 517-241-6470

Questions? Comments?

E-mail: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

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Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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My Reflections from a Week off: am I Hiding or Shining?

I just returned from a week in Tennessee with my family. We did a lot of hiking and enjoyed the beautiful mountains.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Last week was spring break for much of the country and we found ourselves among a lot of tourists in Tennessee.

A lot of people were like us, from Michigan.

You don’t have to know me well to know that I graduated from Michigan State University and am a Spartan fan.

If you want to see the extent of my Spartan fandom – just check out a prior post of mine.When I am not at work, I am pretty much exclusively wearing my alma mater gear.

I found myself throughout the week in Tennessee routinely getting approached by people, other Spartans, saying “Go Green!” (And if you are a Spartan, you know the only proper response is “GO WHITE!”)

Seriously, this must have happened a dozen times in different places throughout my week. People I have never meet before identified a common connection with me without even knowing me and feeling compelled to acknowledge me simply because of shirt or hat I was wearing. This also happened to me multiple times back in January when my family visited Disneyworld.

This phenomenon really got me thinking. It usually takes me a week away from the daily grind of life in order to prod me to reflect on some of the more fundamental questions in my life.

Most of the time, we are all good at hiding who we really are.

It isn’t hard to do.

On any given workday it is very easy for me to hide behind the suit I wear, the job I perform. I can show the sides of me I want to show, and hide what I want to hide.

The question I need to ask myself: on any given day, am I letting who I truly am shine through?

Much like when I am wearing Spartan green, people know I am an MSU fan, when I am living my life, is it plain as day and easy for people to see:

what I stand for;

what I value most;

what I will stake my integrity on;

what I will never compromise on.

Is the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ evident to all who come in contact with me? Am I walking as Jesus walked?

Is the way that I am living my life distinct?

Maybe this is a good question for you to ask yourself:

As you go about your daily life, do people really know who you are?

Are you letting your light shine for all to see?

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. “

-Daniel 12:3

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

http://www.dwlawpc.com

Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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