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SECTION 205. CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING FOR PROTECTED SERIES.
(a) On request of any person, the [Secretary of State] shall issue a certificate of good standing for a protected series of a series limited liability company or a certificate of registration for a foreign protected series if:
(1) in the case of a protected series:
(A) no statement of dissolution, termination, or relocation pertaining to the protected series has been filed; and
(B) the company has delivered to the [Secretary of State] for filing the most recent [annual] [biennial] report required by [cite the provision of this state's limited liability company act requiring an annual or biennial report] and the report includes the name of the protected series, unless:
(i) when the company delivered the report for filing, the protected series designation pertaining to the protected series had not yet taken effect; or
(ii) after the company delivered the report for filing, the company delivered to the [Secretary of State] for filing a statement of designation change changing the name of the protected series; or
(2) in the case of a foreign protected series, it is registered to do business in this state.
Reporter's Comment to Subsection (a) – This subsection parallels the provisions of Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (2006) (Last Amended 2013), Section 211, pertaining to domestic limited liability companies, with one exception. This provision has no parallel to Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (2006) (Last Amended 2013), Section 211(b)(2)(D)(ii) – that "the records of the [Secretary to State] do not otherwise reflect that the [limited liability] company has been dissolved or terminated."
To make that determination about a protected series, the filing office would have to determine whether its records disclose the dissolution or termination of the series limited liability company. Requiring that determination for each certificate of good standing for a protected series would impose unnecessary costs. For example, suppose that a person seeks a certificate of good standing for 15 protected series of the same series limited liability company. The requestor needs only one certification that the company is in good standing, not 15. See comment to Subsection (a)(8).
Reporter's Comment to Subsection (a)(1)(A) – For the role of a statement of dissolution, see Section 502(b). For the role of a statement of termination, see Sections 502(c) and 606(2)(A). For the role of a statement of relocation, see Section 606(2)(B).
Reporter's Comment to Subsection (a)(1)(B) – A state that has enacted Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (2006) (Last Amended 2013) would cite Section 212.
Reporter's Comment to Subsection (a)(8) – As a matter of prudence, a person seeking to determine the good standing of a protected series of a series limited liability company should also determine whether the company is in good standing. Depending on the rules, procedures, or practices of the filing office, a requestor might use this provision to do so, or instead file a contemporaneous, separate request for a certificate of good standing for the company.
(b) A certificate issued under subsection (a) must state:
(1) in the case of a protected series:
(A) the name of the protected series of the series limited liability company and the name of the company;
(B) that the requirements of subsection (a) are met;
(C) the date the protected series designation pertaining to the protected series took effect; and
(D) if a statement of designation change pertaining to the protected series has been filed, the effective date and contents of the statement;
(2) in the case of a foreign protected series, that it is registered to do business in this state;
(3) that the fees, taxes, interest, and penalties owed to this state by the protected series or foreign protected series and collected through the [Secretary of State] have been paid, if:
(A) payment is reflected in the records of the [Secretary of State]; and
(B) nonpayment affects the good standing of the protected series; and
(4) other facts reflected in the records of the [Secretary of State] pertaining to the protected series or foreign protected series which the person requesting the certificate reasonably requests.
(c) Subject to any qualification stated by the [Secretary of State] in a certificate issued under subsection (a), the certificate may be relied on as conclusive evidence of the facts stated in the certificate.
Legislative Note: This section parallels Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (2006) (Last Amended 2013), Section 211, which pertains to certificates of good standing or registration. An enacting state should change this section as necessary to parallel the comparable provision in the state's limited liability company act. In some states, changes to this section need to take into account the filing office's current computer programs and other information-technology resources issues.
JayNote: Section 205 are mostly commandments to the Secretary of State as to how to handle requests for Certificates of Good Standing, and thus this section is of little consequence to the series organization, the protected series, members, managers, etc.
UPSA AND WEBSITE CONTENTS
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 101. SHORT TITLE. SECTION 102. DEFINITIONS. SECTION 103. NATURE OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 104. POWERS AND DURATION OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 105. GOVERNING LAW. SECTION 106. RELATION OF OPERATING AGREEMENT, THIS ACT, AND LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT. SECTION 107. ADDITIONAL LIMITATIONS ON OPERATING AGREEMENT. SECTION 108. RULES FOR APPLYING LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ACT TO SPECIFIED PROVISIONS OF ACT.
ARTICLE 2. ESTABLISHING PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 201. PROTECTED SERIES DESIGNATION; AMENDMENT. SECTION 202. NAME. SECTION 203. REGISTERED AGENT. SECTION 204. SERVICE OF PROCESS, NOTICE, DEMAND, OR OTHER RECORD. SECTION 205. CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING FOR PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 206. INFORMATION REQUIRED IN ANNUAL BIENNIAL REPORT; EFFECT OF FAILURE TO PROVIDE.
ARTICLE 3. ASSOCIATED ASSET; ASSOCIATED MEMBER; PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFERABLE INTEREST; MANAGEMENT; RIGHT OF INFORMATION
SECTION 301. ASSOCIATED ASSET. SECTION 302. ASSOCIATED MEMBER. SECTION 303. PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFERABLE INTEREST. SECTION 304. MANAGEMENT. SECTION 305. RIGHT OF PERSON NOT ASSOCIATED MEMBER OF PROTECTED SERIES TO INFORMATION CONCERNING PROTECTED SERIES.
ARTICLE 4. LIMITATION ON LIABILITY AND ENFORCEMENT OF CLAIMS
SECTION 401. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY. SECTION 402. CLAIM SEEKING TO DISREGARD LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. SECTION 403. REMEDIES OF JUDGMENT CREDITOR OF ASSOCIATED MEMBER OR PROTECTED-SERIES TRANSFEREE. SECTION 404. ENFORCEMENT AGAINST NON-ASSOCIATED ASSET.
ARTICLE 5. DISSOLUTION AND WINDING UP OF PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 501. EVENTS CAUSING DISSOLUTION OF PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 502. WINDING UP DISSOLVED PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 503. EFFECT OF REINSTATEMENT OF SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR REVOCATION OF VOLUNTARY DISSOLUTION.
ARTICLE 6. ENTITY TRANSACTIONS RESTRICTED
SECTION 601. DEFINITIONS. SECTION 602. PROTECTED SERIES MAY NOT BE PARTY TO ENTITY TRANSACTION. SECTION 603. RESTRICTION ON ENTITY TRANSACTION INVOLVING PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 604. MERGER AUTHORIZED; PARTIES RESTRICTED. SECTION 605. PLAN OF MERGER. SECTION 606. STATEMENT OF MERGER. SECTION 607. EFFECT OF MERGER. SECTION 608. APPLICATION OF SECTION 404 AFTER MERGER.
ARTICLE 7. FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES
SECTION 701. GOVERNING LAW. SECTION 702. NO ATTRIBUTION OF ACTIVITIES CONSTITUTING DOING BUSINESS OR FOR ESTABLISHING JURISDICTION. SECTION 703. REGISTRATION OF FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES. SECTION 704. DISCLOSURE REQUIRED WHEN FOREIGN SERIES LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY OR FOREIGN PROTECTED SERIES PARTY TO PROCEEDING.
ARTICLE 8. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS
SECTION 801. UNIFORMITY OF APPLICATION AND CONSTRUCTION. SECTION 802. RELATION TO ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES IN GLOBAL AND NATIONAL COMMERCE ACT. SECTION 803. TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS. SECTION 804. SAVINGS CLAUSE. SECTION 805. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE. SECTION 806. REPEALS; CONFORMING AMENDMENTS. SECTION 807. EFFECTIVE DATE.
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