ONLINE SERVICES AVAILABLE FOR
A brief description of many of the on-Line services
INCORPORATE A COMPANY
LegalExpress.ca will prepare all
documentation pertaining to the incorporation of your company through an
authorized Provincial Corporate Registry. We will also perform a preliminary name availability search
to ensure your desired name is available. We have six
Incorporation packages to choose from, all at a reduced cost to you then
the conventional way to incorporate your business.
Each year approximately one month
before the anniversary date of the corporation, corporate
registries will send an Annual Return form to your registered
office address. This form must be filed each year to keep
your corporation in an active status. If two annual filings
are missed consecutively, 120 day after the due date of the second
filing, your corporation will be struck from the corporate
NUANS (NAME SEARCH)
To determine if the proposed name of your
corporation is available a NUANS report is conducted. The
NUANS report queries all names
that are exact matches to, or very similar to, your proposed
name of your corporation. Once the NUANS is completed and
your proposed name is available, your name will be reserved
for 90 days from the date of the NUANS. The incorporation
cannot be completed without the NUANS report.
Trade Names (or sole proprietorships)
allow individuals to register a name to conduct business in the
province of Alberta for profit. There is no legal name protection for a
Trade Name and the liability for that business rests with the
identical to the Trade Name with the exception that partnerships are
equally owned by more than one individual.
AMEND CORPORATE ADDRESS
As businesses relocate, addresses must be updated to
reflect current information.
AMENDMENTS FOR CORPORATE DIRECTORS/SHAREHOLDERS
As directors and shareholders change, your corporate
records must be updated to reflect the changes made. Corporate
registries does not track the activity of various offices within the
corporation i.e. president, treasurer, etc. Corporate registries will
only track the activity of the directors and the voting shareholders.
As the addresses of directors and shareholders change, your corporate
records must be updated to reflect the change.
The way your company is structured, with
regards to shares and restrictions, can change to meet the needs for
your corporation. You can add, change or delete: the classes of shares,
restrictions on the transfer of shares, and the number of directors in the
The name of your corporation can be
changed at any time. A NUANS report must be completed first to ensure
the name is available. Once the NUANS is completed your corporate
name can be amended.
corporation can be struck or dissolved by either failing to file their
annual returns or the owners voluntary dissolve their business; either
way a company can be revived back to an active status. If the
corporation was struck due to outstanding annual returns the revival
process requires that all outstanding annual returns are filed and all
articles are restored as they were before the company was struck.
All business registrations (incorporations, trade
names, and partnerships) are public records and can be searched to
determine owners of a particular business. To search an existing
business to determine its owners, the exact name of the business is
required. Additional information you will receive is the Business
address and if it is a Corporation you will receive a list of Directors
and Voting Shareholders.
DISSOLVING YOUR CORPORATION
If your company has ceased
to carry on business you may voluntarily dissolve your corporation. An
immediate dissolution requires that your corporation has either: issued
no shares and has no property or liabilities or has issued shares but
has no property or liabilities. The corporation is required to list a
record keeper that will retain the record of the corporation after the
company has dissolved. (Not available on-Line)
A corporation can leave
its home jurisdiction and conduct business in a new jurisdiction. The
corporation, in a sense, continues out of one area and into another.
When continuing in to another jurisdiction the corporation is required
to provide a copy of the certificate of incorporation from their home
jurisdiction, their articles of incorporation, a list of current
directors, and a address located in the new jurisdiction. Corporations
continuing into a new area must comply with any new or different laws,
which the new jurisdiction might have.
registration means that a corporation wishes to expand their business
into another or several provinces while maintaining their registration
in their home jurisdiction. The corporation must identify where
its home jurisdiction is and must prove that they are an active company
in that home jurisdiction. They must also list the directors of
the corporation and provide an address within the new area that they
will be conducting business in. (Not available on-Line)
Corporations are required to maintain various records
that are vital to the corporation. These records are kept in a “minute
Corporate seals can also be purchased to seals important
documents or contracts vital the corporation.