Law Office of Alena Herranen


Greater San Diego Area, United States
Contact: Alena Herranen
Phone: 858-581-6779
Areas of Practice
  • Business Organizations
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Intellectual Property
  • Taxation
Other U.S. Locations
  • California
Number of Attorneys
Sole Practitioner

Corporate Records Inspection Part 3: California Attorney General Nonprofit Raffle Registration and Report

Get your raffle tickets! Many valuable prizes! The more you buy, the better your chances. Proceeds will be used for a good cause! Sounds tempting, but is it legal? Maybe. The general rule is that conducting raffles in…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law

CORPORATE RECORDS INSPECTION, Part 2: California Attorney General Registration and Renewal

If you think California is tough on businesses, take a look at California’s regulations of charities. In addition to extensive filing requirements at the time of formation, California charities are required to file annually…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law

Making Your Mark and Protecting Your Rights: When to Consider Federal Trademark Registration

Have you made your mark in the world of business? Whether you realize it or not, as a business owner, you most likely have established a trademark or service mark for your business that distinguishes your goods and services…more
 /  Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

CORPORATE RECORDS INSPECTION, Part 1: California Secretary of State

Recordkeeping is a job the government does very well. Lost your birth certificate? You can order a copy from the California Department of Public Health. Lost your old tax returns? You can order copies from the IRS or the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law

Thank the IRS for Small Mercies: Filing Small Nonprofit Tax Notices are Quick and Easy

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t known for compassion and forgiveness. On the contrary, those three simple dry words, “Internal Revenue Service,” have come to epitomize dread and oppression, especially for those individuals…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

TRADEMARK AWARENESS: Protecting your Business Names, Logos and Slogans

How do your customers distinguish your goods and services from those of other business owners? Is the primary factor your business name or do you have a unique logo or slogan that clearly identifies your product? Consider the…more
 /  Business Organizations, Intellectual Property

Open Wide and Say Argh! An Annual Health Check-Up for Your California Nonprofit Corporation

When you volunteered to become an officer of your California nonprofit corporation, you may have thought you would be spending your volunteer hours bringing musical education to public schools, raising money for flight training…more
 /  Business Organizations, Nonprofit Law, Taxation

Not Another Meeting! Conducting Your Corporation's Annual Meetings

Individuals who are shareholders, officers or directors need to know how to run an annual shareholder meeting and how to document the corporation’s actions in order to comply with California state law. These general…more
 /  Business Organizations

Meeting With Myself: The Significance of a Small Company's Annual Meeting

“Why do I need to have an annual meeting of shareholders?” a client asked me after forming a corporation. “I’m the only shareholder. Do I stand in front of the mirror and discuss the issues with myself?” The annual meeting…more
 /  Business Organizations

The Dual Nationality Scavenger Hunt

Imagine that you are Dutch citizen married to an American. You eventually become an American but would like to retain your Dutch citizenship. What do you do? You begin an elaborate scavenger hunt outlined by the Embassy of the…more
 /  Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

The Apostille Hassle

Dealing with governments is often exasperating, like playing a deviously rigid and asinine game in which only the other player knows the rules. When you first encounter an Apostille requirement, it certainly seems like a…more
 /  Immigration Law, International Law & Trade
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