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Florida — House Bill 169, effective July 1, 2017, amends Florida’s fictitious names statute by, among other things: (1) clarifying that a foreign business entity must be in active status with the Division of Corporations to file a fictitious name; (2) clarifying who the registrant (or registrants) are when a general partnership registers a fictitious name; (3) clarifying the terms during which initial and renewal fictitious name registrations will be effective; (4) prohibiting the use of entity designators for LPs, LLPs, LLCs, Pas, and PLLCs unless the registrant is in fact an entity of that type; and (5) changing the penalty for failing to comply with the fictitious name statute from a misdemeanor to a noncriminal violation.
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