Sunday, August 18, 2019

Understanding The Process Of Reinstating A Company

By Carl Kelly

There are a number of reasons for which a company could be struck off the companies register. In the first place, it can be on a voluntary basis, which happens when the firm is no longer needed by its directors. They could then need to file the necessary documents. It could also be because some statutory documents like annual accounts are not correctly filed within the required time. Companies will also be struck off when they go into liquidation. When it comes to reinstating a company there are a number of things that you need to know.

After a business gets struck off, the assets will not be available for use. Such assets can only usually be retrieved when one makes application at the courts to ask that they be restored. A business which is no longer registered will not be a legal entity anymore. That essentially means the company will not be able to do any trade, sue anyone or be sued or even get contracts, Further, they cannot own assets.

There are different reasons why one would want to have a business restored. For example, it might be that that business has the title to a certain asset, such as money in a bank or physical properties. That property or asset could be very important but to be recovered, it would need the business to be restored. Reinstating a business will also be needed when you are a third party and has unresolved claims against dissolution of the business. That would then mean you have to take action so that you are compensated.

Depending on the way a business was struck off, there are a number of ways to ensure it is reinstated. The two main methods are through the courts and through administrative reinstatement. The two processes are different as regards the time involved, complexity and costs. In addition to the differences, each of them will be used for specific circumstances. For example, if a business got struck off voluntarily, the only way to have it restored would be through a court process.

There is the need to hire an attorney to oversee the proceedings. Court proceedings can especially be very complex and time consuming. The process is one that involves you having to liaise with registrar of companies and the courts. In certain instances, you would also need to involve tax advisers, accountants, liquidators and creditors.

The process will also involve drafting of legal documentation like witness statements and claim forms. Because of the strict nature of reinstating companies, you need an attorney to prepare all the needed documents and have them issued to the correct parties within the required time. That ensures that you do not have to be worried about whether you have done the right thing.

The charges for the services are dependent on the specific option that one chooses. You will find a good number of attorneys charging flat fees, while others have different payment structures. You will need to know the cost of services in time.

You will need to be versed with disbursements. These are fees charged by a third party. They will include fees paid to government departments as well as court fees. Such fees will be collected from all relevant third parties and paid on behalf of a client.

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