Whether researching a client, a competitor, a party, or a possible employer, lawyers have many reasons to find out information on a company.
The Secretary of State's office will have information on many companies, including companies formed in the state and possibly companies doing business in the state. See the Secretary of State tab of this guide.
This table gives a few hints if you are looking for a particular type of information. It does not list every source where you could possibly get that information. Look at the Databases tab, and other tabs in this guide for more sources.
|Need to Find....||Try.....|
|State of Incorporation|
|Statutory Agent, bylaws, articles of incorporation||Secretary of State's website or Lexis/Westlaw Secretary of State database. See Secretary of State tab of this guide.|
|Address and Basic Information for Small Private Companies||ReferenceUSA|
|Financial Statements||SEC's Edgar database|
|Mergers and Company Relationships||See company relationships tab of this guide.|