Can you imagine using the same computer database you had in 1989? As absurd as it sounds, this is exactly where the Delaware Division of Corporations has found itself toward the end of the year 2015. However, that is about to change.
For the past several years, the Delaware Division of Corporations has been working on a new computer platform. This platform is scheduled to go live on September 8, 2015 at 8:00 AM EST. In preparation of this date, the Delaware Division of Corporations will be closing for business at 4:30 PM EST on Thursday, September 3, 2015. No filings (including Franchise Tax payments), document retrievals or even information searches can be processed during this time.
The Division of Corporations has chosen to launch its new platform over the Labor Day weekend in order to minimize the number of business days it will be offline. However, the closure will still cause delays in approval times for filings submitted the week of September 8, 2015. We also expect delays on the filings submitted before the closure on September 2nd and September 3rd.
At Harvard Business Services, Inc., we understand how important it is for you to receive your filed documents as soon as possible after filing. In order to minimize the inevitable delays due to the Division of Corporation’s closure, we are announcing the following work schedule for the week preceding the closure:
Monday, August 31 and Tuesday, September 1: All filings will be submitted via standard procedure with the Delaware Division of Corporations. We do not anticipate any delays on these orders.
Wednesday, September 2: All filings will be submitted with complimentary expedited service – at Harvard’s expense -- in the hope that our clients will receive their approved filings before the Division of Corporations shuts down its database the following day. Any document not approved before the closure will be among the first to be approved once the system returns online.
Thursday, September 3: Again, all filings will be submitted with complimentary expedited service in the hope that our clients will receive their approved filings before the Division of Corporations shuts down its database at 4:30 PM EST. Any document not approved before the closure will be among the first to be approved once the system returns online. All filings submitted to us by 4:00 PM EST will be entered into the Delaware Division of Corporation’s database that day. All filings received after 4:00 PM EST will be filed on Tuesday, September 8, 2015.
Friday, September 4: The Delaware Division of Corporations is closed. Our office will be open until 12:00 PM EST. We will be accepting orders, all of which will be processed on Tuesday, September 8th when the Division of Corporations re-opens for business. However, no filings will be processed by the State on this day.
Tuesday, September 8: Normal business resumes at both the Delaware Division of Corporations and Harvard Business Services, Inc. However, please expect significant delays, as approval and processing times may take longer than what is stated on our website. We will work diligently to process all orders as quickly as possible, but delays will be inevitable. If possible, please plan ahead and submit orders early in the week of August 31st. We at Harvard Business Services, Inc. truly appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.
The Delaware Division of Corporations’ official message about its system upgrade and closures can be found here: follow this link.
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