Several clients have contacted us concerning a document or correspondence they received which appears to have been sent by a government office, “Corporate Services” or other similar name. This correspondence generally solicits a fee to keep and process the business’s annual records, cites Indiana Code, requests corporate information, and gives the impression that the business needs to take action.
According to Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson, some recent documents received by Hoosier businesses are not from her office or any other agency of the State of Indiana. The official website of the Indiana Secretary of State instructs businesses to ignore such correspondence and if a business has already taken action and sent money, to contact the Secretary of State’s office at (317) 232-6576 to make a report.
The Indiana Secretary of State does, however, send official notices from time to time, and businesses must investigate what is authentic and what is merely a third-party solicitation or scam before taking action.
If you have questions concerning any correspondence or notices received by your business, please contact attorney Shannon Frank at sfrank@KDDK.com or (812) 423-3183, or contact any member of the KDDK Business Law Practice Team.
About the Author
Shannon S. Frank, a Partner at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP (KDDK), in Evansville, Indiana, has more than 25 years’ experience in the practice of business law, construction law, estate planning and probate administration, health care law, and real estate law. Shannon takes prides in giving exceptional service to her clients, recognizing that relationships with clients play a significant and essential role in providing tailored and comprehensive legal advice.