The State Bar's Law Corporations Program certifies professional corporations that wish to practice law in accordance with applicable statutes and court rules. The program monitors compliance with those provisions.
Incorrect bylaws language
Refer to the Law Corporation Rules of the State Bar and
use the exact language from Rule 3.157, paragraphs A - E, in the
portions of your bylaws that pertain to ownership and transfer of shares
in the corporation. Attach only the portions of the law corporation's
bylaws which contain this language. Do not submit your entire set of
Incorrect and unsigned certificate of secretary
declaration by the secretary of the corporation must be submitted with
the required portions of the bylaws to certify that they are true and
correct excerpts of the bylaws of the corporation. Signature of the
corporate Secretary must be original.
Photocopied Secretary of State forms
You must attach an original certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation from the Secretary of State.
If the corporation was incorporated in a jurisdiction outside
California, you must attach an original Certificate of Status of Foreign
Corporation from the Secretary of State. Photocopies of Secretary of
State documents cannot be accepted.
Law corporation nameThe name of your law
corporation in State Bar records (and on file with the Secretary of
State) is the only name under which it may practice law. Rule 3.152-B of
Law Corporation Rules
requires that the name "complies with the California Rules of
Professional Conduct and that the name includes wording or abbreviations
denoting corporate existence..." Please refer to the excerpt from
California Rules of Professional Conduct
If you are not sure the name of your law corporation complies with Rules 7.1-7.5, contact the State Bar of California at 1-888-800-3400 or review
Law Corporation Name Definitions & Abbreviations for frequent name issues.