California- As of January 1, 2014 LLCs may no longer reserve names by phone. Requests must be made by mail or over the counter, but are not guaranteed due to filing processing times.
Florida- Under the revised LLC act, LLCs in existence as of January 1, 2014 will be governed under the revised act beginning January 1, 2015.
Hawaii- Fees for Tradenames (a.k.a. DBA, Assumed Name, and Fictitious Firm Name), Trademarks and Service Mark registrations have been temporarily reduced.
Iowa- Effective March 7, 2014, the words “Bank” and “Trust” are on the restricted word list.
Maine- Effective March 2, 2014, business entities are now allowed to use a short –form registration statement for securities. The form was created for the purpose of increasing funds for start-up companies.
Nevada- Effective January 1, 2014, registration of Benefit Corporations became available.
Effective July 1, 2014, all entities will be required to provide the name, telephone number and physical address of the custodian of the list of owners, as required by law. This will become part of the Annual List filings. Publicly- traded Corporations with a Central Index Key (CIK) number are exempt from this requirement, but must provide the CIK number on their Initial or Annual List.
Pennsylvania- Expedited filing service now available.
Washington- Effective June 12, 2014 Conversions will be allowed for Corporations and LLCs. LLCs may convert to a domestic Corporation and vice versa.
West Virginia- Beginning June 3, 2014, Cooperative Associations will no longer be required to have the Articles notarized.