Design professional firms must comply with the business and licensing requirements of every state in which they do business. Nothing is ever easy so (of course) these requirements vary from state to state. Even the term "doing business" means different things. Some states, like Nevada, expect design professionals and their firms to comply with their requirements before a business card is given out in the state. Other states do not require compliance until a job is secured.
Firms that do business in more than one state must analyze each state's entity requirements and its regulatory agency's licensing requirements to determine how easy or difficult compliance will be.
In the easy cases, an already-established entity, its ownership and management structure, will fulfill the requirements of the regulatory agency of the new state; the firm as constituted will only have to "qualify" to do business at the state level and comply with whatever filing requirements are mandated by the licensing authority. In the difficult cases, the second state may not recognize the existing entity type at all or may require a completely different ownership or managerial structure (typically involving a heavier allotance of architects licensed by that particular state). In those cases, the firm will have no choice but to form an entirely different entity to practice in that second state.
LicenseSure stands by to help with the challenges faced by multi-jurisdictional firms, both the easy cases and the hard ones.
Design professionals are responsible for the life, safety and welfare of people who use buildings, people who drive on roads and bridges, people who take public transportation and people who use parks.
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has updated the overtime regulations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA),[^i] effective as of December 1, 2016.
LicenseSure works with BELS on behalf of its design professional clients and would like to share some recent lessons learned.
This morning, I spent some time going through and sorting a stack of papers that had been building up near my desk and that made me think about housekeeping – corporate housekeeping.
How to Convert an Existing New York Professional Corporation into a Design Professional Service Corporation
Contact the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance to obtain a Corporate Tax Search for the PC (takes about 7-10 days)
Heads up, New York! There’s a new profession in town.
Hurricane season 2017 has resulted in the devastation of numerous areas throughout the United States and engineers will be needed to assess the damage, clean up and rebuild for years to come.
A paltry $9 could be standing between your business and good standing.