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Don't Pay 'Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement' Fee

A warning for businesses receiving official-looking "Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement" forms and wondering what to do.

As a local attorney practicing in East Greenwich, I get asked a broad range of questions. Recently, a local business client called up to tell me that they received a notice asking them to pay a $125 fee associated with a so-called "Annual Meeting Disclosure Statement," and wondering whether they had to pay it. 

After a little digging, I discovered that the R.I. Secretary of State issued a statement that these very formal-looking letters did not originate from their office, nor any other governmental agency.

A takeaway? Please look into any soliciations that you receive asking you to pay money, regardless of how legitimate the solicitation looks!

To see the letter, click here.

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Jason Desrosiers July 12, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Good tip, those incorporated in RI do have to file an 'Annual Report' each year, it looks like some scam artist is trying to purposely cause confusion.
Suzanne Arena July 13, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Thank you Katherine and other conscientious attorneys or business professionals that freely share information such as this. In my mind, you stand out more for this gesture.

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