Ending 2020 IN Good Legal Standing 

Ending 2020 IN Good Legal Standing 

January 27, 2021

The year 2020 has been tough for businesses the world over and while working procedures and processes may have changed or become adjusted to accommodate these challenges, statutory filings and compliance for businesses still need to be fulfilled.

So, businesses in Nigeria that operate either as Business Names or Limited Liability companies are subject to internal and external compliance requirements. It’s important to set some time aside this year end to examine the status of your business and ensure you are in good standing with the law.

The end of the year is the perfect time to get compliant and end the year in good legal standing. As you take time to reflect on the work done in 2020 while also making business plans for the new year. 618 Bees can do all the leg work for you. Below are some important action items that you may need us for as the year comes to an end;

1. Annual Returns Filing for Business Names, Companies and Non-profit Organisations
618 Bees provides this service as at when due or it can be subscribed for ahead of time. Annual Returns is a comprehensive report on a company’s activities throughout the preceding year and it is a way of making the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) aware that your company is still carrying on business. As the name implies, it is expected by the commission to be filed annually, as it gives information regarding any post incorporation changes that have been effected by the Company. It is thus very important and continuous failure to comply may be taken as an indication by the CAC that the company no longer carries on business and may therefore result in the company being struck off /delisted from the register of members, while late filing attracts penalty.

2. Annual General Meeting Minutes for Companies
Have you completed your company’s annual meeting minutes for the 2019 financial year?

This is important because in line with good corporate governance policies, companies must hold annual meetings and draft annual meeting minutes, it’s important to know if this requirement applies to your company.  You can contact our Call Center to speak to us about this.

3. Starting a new business or quitting paid employment in January 2020?
If your plan is to leave paid employment to start your own thing or your plan is to add another business to your portfolio, then what better time to get the business registration process started than now?

618 Bees offers you the quickest way to get your company started, and we don’t stop there!

4. Closing a Business Before Year-End? 
Closing a Business Name or company before 2020?  Closing or Winding Up a business is more than just the decision to shut it down and letting your vendors and clients know. 618 Bees can talk you through the required steps you must take to close your business the right way and remain compliant with the requirements of the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA).

5. Business Name Change or Upgrade?
Despite your best efforts to choose the perfect name for your company, there may come a time when that name is no longer the best fit. Perhaps the business name no longer accurately reflects your brand or there are legal considerations at play. Regardless of the reasons to make a business name change, it’s a process that many entrepreneurs find confusing. The steps involved can vary depending on whether the business entity is registered as a Business Name or as a company.

You may also want an upgrade from a Business Name to a limited liability company because of some anticipated expansion in the new year hence a Business Name registration will no longer serve your purpose. For this kind of change, it’s understandable that you want to retain your business goodwill by doing an upgrade to preserve the known name rather than register an entirely new entity. This can be a complex process for any business owner, as the process can be overwhelming but not to worry, as we are to take the stress off you while to focus on scaling up your brand.

618 Bees can talk you through both the name change application and the application to upgrade from a Business Name to an LLC, while you work on the business.

6. Sign up for a legal Retainer in the newyear perhaps?
This will ensure that your legal needs are covered all year round. We offer three (3) different Retainer packages to suit particular business needs. With our retainer plans, your business legal needs are covered all year round on our priority list. Also, professional fees for most of our products/services can be purchased for less with a minimum payment for out of pocket expenses. The out of pocket expenses will however differ on discount rates depending on the plan you sign up for.

Let’s close out 2020 strong and make sure you and your business are set up for success in 2021!

–Team 618 Bees

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Frequently Asked

  • Why must I file Annual Returns?

    It is a mandatory statutory requirement under the Companies and Allied Matters Act to file Annual Returns yearly. 

  • What’s the difference between a business name and an LLC?
    • A business name is a sole proprietorship, usually owned and managed by one individual only. Legally, the sole proprietor and his business are one. It simply means an individual trading with an alias. The sole proprietor is personally liable for all business related obligations.

    • A limited liability company on the other hand is a separate business entity from the individuals that hold its shares and act as directors. Legally, it’s a separate business entity and a person on its own who can transact business, own property separate from its owners and can sue or be sued. 

  • What is a testimonium clause in an agreement?

    This is the part of the agreement where the witness attests to have witnessed the execution of the agreement.

  • When can I start renewal of the registration of my product(s) with NAFDAC?

    You can start renewal 6 months to the date of expiry.

  • What is personal data?

    This is any information that can be used to identify an identifiable human person such passport photograph.

  • Does copyright protect website Domain names?

    No, copyright does not protect domain names.

  • What are the product categories available when registering with NAFDAC?

    The product categories include: Food, Cosmetics, Drug, Medical Device, Agro-Chemicals & Pesticide, Veterinary Products, Vaccines & Biologicals, Herbal and Nutraceuticals and Water

  • Can my kids be shareholders in my company?

    Yes your kids can hold shares in your company but there must be a minimum of two adult shareholders before kids can be included.

  • Can I trademark my logo and name separately? Why is this a good idea?

    Yes you can. The advantage is that it gives you the opportunity to have more than one logo or the opportunity to change your logo easily as opposed to registering the name and the logo as one trademark.

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