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California Secretary of State Processing Times

Written By: Melissa C. Marsh, Esq., California Attorney, October 2010 Add to Favorites
As a result of the state budget crisis and resulting 25% budget cuts which resulted in the closing of many the regional offices, the California Secretary of State business entity filing times have dramatically increased since 2009. While this office for over 10 years has been able to file and/or retrieve a document within 3 days without the payment of any additional fees to the Secretary of State, today hand delivered documents and requests presented to Sacramento have average delays of 6-8 weeks absent the remittance of the $350/$750 expedited filing fee. The expedite fees, which are payable to the Secretary of Statem, ensure a 3 to 5 business day turn-a-round time. While the Secretary of State has made a belated apology for the significant time delays, the delays continue and it appears that there is no end in sight. The State appears to be more interested in increasing its coffers with the exorbitant expedite fees than efficiently performing its duties to the businesses that support this great state. Until the situation changes, most attorneys will recommend that their clients remit payment of the $350 expedite fee to the Secretary of State when filing or retrieving a time sensitive document. You can view the actual processing times (which change weekly) here.


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Located in Los Angeles, California, the Law Office of Melissa C. Marsh handles business law and corporation law matters as a lawyer for clients throughout Los Angeles including Burbank, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Valley Village, North Hollywood, Woodland Hills, Hollywood, West LA as well as Riverside County, San Fernando, Ventura County, and Santa Clarita. Attorney Melissa C. Marsh has considerable experience handling business matters both nationally and internationally. We routinely assist our clients with incorporation, forming a California corporation, forming a California llc, partnership, annual minutes, shareholder meetings, director meetings, getting a taxpayer ID number (EIN), buying a business, selling a business, commercial lease review, employee disputes, independent contractors, construction, and personal matters such as preparing a will, living trust, power of attorney, health care directive, and more.