Covid 19 Update at Gilbert Law Offices

No one can claim the Covid 19 pandemic is behind us but after a few months of lockdown and quarantine there are more data points from which people can draw conclusions about how to move forward. During these months we have remained in touch with our clients, old and new, and honed our skills for getting work out from home, conducting meetings, mediations, depositions and even court appearances via Zoom and other platforms. Courts are slowly beginning to ramp up. We have even been to nursing homes. Although our front door is still locked, with a new doorbell installed, we are seeing clients in the office when indicated and by appointment. Masks and social distancing are observed and hand sanitizer is close by.

Our prime concern is still the health and safety of clients, staff, and others with whom we deal. Yet legal problems are important and need to be addressed. We want to continue to help our clients deal with those problems. To be sure, there are fewer face-to-face meetings than there were before the pandemic but we have filled the gap with old and new technologies, supported by our dedicated and hardworking staff. Although we have occasionally had to turn on the answering machine our goal is to have a live person answer your call, ready to listen to what you need.

On the medical side there have been alarming reports that, because of Covid 19, people have neglected to deal with other emergent health issues, sometimes with very bad consequences. Failing to timely deal with legal issues can also result in bad consequences. If you have a legal problem which you think is important, please don’t wait. Pandemic or not, we are here and while we will continue to observe the precautions to protect the safety of all, we stand ready to help.


Spring is Annual Report Filing season here at Gilbert Law Offices!

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Every year at this time we remind our many corporate clients that the June 1st filing deadline is fast approaching and their Corporate Clerk, Charlie Gilbert, needs to know of any changes in the corporate structure over the past year before submitting the filing to the Secretary of State. If everything has been running smoothly with a business, this may be our only contact since last year’s filing with a client. We welcome the opportunity to hear how things have been. Some years though, there are events that result in changes in shareholders, directors, or officers, or even in the corporate ground work itself, the Bylaws. This is the time when we touch base with all our corporate clients to address such changes and make sure that the proper filings are submitted in a timely manner.

The duties of a Corporate Clerk, or Certified Registered Agent, are defined by the Maine Business Corporation Act as ministerial only, to keep record at hand of the corporation’s actions, motions and amendments, and to receive and forward information regarding process, notice, or demand served on the agent of the corporation. Experience tells us that the phrase “ministerial only” belies the true value of having a good administrator. Charlie’s experience as a corporate clerk allows these business owners to focus their energies on growing their businesses and to feel confident that his expertise will keep them on course when it comes to the legalities of running a business in the State of Maine, and beyond.