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The 2005 Florida Statutes

Chapter 607, Florida Statutes 2005

607.0101  Short title.--This act shall be known and may be cited as the "Florida Business Corporation Act."

History.--s. 1, ch. 89-154.

607.0102  Reservation of power to amend or repeal.--The Legislature has power to amend or repeal all or part of this act at any time, and all domestic and foreign corporations subject to this act shall be governed by the amendment or repeal.

History.--s. 2, ch. 89-154.

607.0120  Filing requirements.--

(1)  A document must satisfy the requirements of this section and of any other section that adds to or varies these requirements to be entitled to filing by the Department of State.

(2)  This act must require or permit filing the document in the office of the Department of State.

(3)  The document must contain the information required by this act. It may contain other information as well.

(4)  The document must be typewritten or printed, or, if electronically transmitted, the document must be in a format that can be retrieved or reproduced in typewritten or printed form, and must be legible.

(5)  The document must be in the English language. A corporate name need not be in English if written in English letters or Arabic or Roman numerals, and the certificate of status required of foreign corporations need not be in English if accompanied by a reasonably authenticated English translation.

(6)  The document must be executed:

(a)  By a director of a domestic or foreign corporation, or by its president or by another of its officers;

(b)  If directors or officers have not been selected or the corporation has not been formed, by an incorporator; or

(c)  If the corporation is in the hands of a receiver, trustee, or other court-appointed fiduciary, by that fiduciary.

(7)  The person executing the document shall sign it and state beneath or opposite his or her signature his or her name and the capacity in which he or she signs. The document may, but need not, contain the corporate seal, an attestation, an acknowledgment, or a verification.

(8)  If the Department of State has prescribed a mandatory form for the document under s. 607.0121, the document must be in or on the prescribed form.

(9)  The document must be delivered to the office of the Department of State for filing. Delivery may be made by electronic transmission if and to the extent permitted by the Department of State. If it is filed in typewritten or printed form and not transmitted electronically, the Department of State may require one exact or conformed copy, to be delivered with the document, (except as provided in s. 607.1509).

(10)  When the document is delivered to the Department of State for filing, the correct filing fee, and any other tax, license fee, or penalty required to be paid by this act or other law shall be paid or provision for payment made in a manner permitted by the Department of State.

History.--s. 3, ch. 89-154; s. 133, ch. 90-179; s. 2, ch. 93-281; s. 1, ch. 97-102; s. 13, ch. 99-218; s. 1, ch. 2003-283.

607.0121  Forms.--

(1)  The Department of State may prescribe and furnish on request forms for:

(a)  An application for certificate of status,

(b)  A foreign corporation's application for certificate of authority to transact business in the state,

(c)  A foreign corporation's application for certificate of withdrawal, and

(d)  The annual report, for which the department may prescribe the use of the uniform business report, pursuant to s. 606.06.

If the Department of State so requires, the use of these forms shall be mandatory.

(2)  The Department of State may prescribe and furnish on request forms for other documents required or permitted to be filed by this act, but their use shall not be mandatory.

History.--s. 4, ch. 89-154; s. 5, ch. 99-218.

607.0122  Fees for filing documents and issuing certificates.--The Department of State shall collect the following fees when the documents described in this section are delivered to the department for filing:

(1)  Articles of incorporation: $35.

(2)  Application for registered name: $87.50.

(3)  Application for renewal of registered name: $87.50.

(4)  Corporation's statement of change of registered agent or registered office or both if not included on the annual report: $35.

(5)  Designation of and acceptance by registered agent: $35.

(6)  Agent's statement of resignation from active corporation: $87.50.

(7)  Agent's statement of resignation from an inactive corporation: $35.

(8)  Amendment of articles of incorporation: $35.

(9)  Restatement of articles of incorporation with amendment of articles: $35.

(10)  Articles of merger or share exchange for each party thereto: $35.

(11)  Articles of dissolution: $35.

(12)  Articles of revocation of dissolution: $35.

(13)  Application for reinstatement following administrative dissolution: $600.

(14)  Application for certificate of authority to transact business in this state by a foreign corporation: $35.

(15)  Application for amended certificate of authority: $35.

(16)  Application for certificate of withdrawal by a foreign corporation: $35.

(17)  Annual report: $61.25.

(18)  Articles of correction: $35.

(19)  Application for certificate of status: $8.75.

(20)  Certificate of domestication of a foreign corporation: $50.

(21)  Certified copy of document: $52.50.

(22)  Serving as agent for substitute service of process: $87.50.

(23)  Supplemental corporate fee: $88.75.

(24)  Any other document required or permitted to be filed by this act: $35.

History.--s. 5, ch. 89-154; s. 63, ch. 90-132; s. 134, ch. 90-179; s. 25, ch. 92-319; ss. 1, 2, 3, ch. 96-212; s. 15, ch. 98-101; s. 2, ch. 2003-283.

607.0123  Effective time and date of document.--

(1)  Except as provided in subsections (2) and (4) and in s. 607.0124(3), a document accepted for filing is effective on the date and at the time of filing, as evidenced by such means as the Department of State may use for the purpose of recording the date and time of filing.

(2)  A document may specify a delayed effective date and, if desired, a time on that date, and if it does the document shall become effective on the date and at the time, if any, specified. If a delayed effective date is specified without specifying a time on that date, the document shall become effective at the start of business on that date. Unless otherwise permitted by this act, a delayed effective date for a document may not be later than the 90th day after the date on which it is filed.

(3)  If a document is determined by the Department of State to be incomplete and inappropriate for filing, the Department of State may return the document to the person or corporation filing it, together with a brief written explanation of the reason for the refusal to file, in accordance with s. 607.0125(3). If the applicant returns the document with corrections in accordance with the rules of the department within 60 days after it was mailed to the applicant by the department and if at the time of return the applicant so requests in writing, the filing date of the document will be the filing date that would have been applied had the original document not been deficient, except as to persons who relied on the record before correction and were adversely affected thereby.

(4)  Corporate existence may predate the filing date, pursuant to s. 607.0203(1).

History.--s. 6, ch. 89-154; s. 3, ch. 93-281; s. 14, ch. 99-218; s. 3, ch. 2003-283.

607.0124  Correcting filed document.--

(1)  A domestic or foreign corporation may correct a document filed by the Department of State within 30 days after filing if the document:

(a)  Contains an inaccuracy;

(b)  Was defectively executed, attested, sealed, verified, or acknowledged; or

(c)  The electronic transmission was defective.

(2)  A document is corrected:

(a)  By preparing articles of correction that:

1.  Describe the document (including its filing date);

2.  Specify the inaccuracy or defect to be corrected; and

3.  Correct the inaccuracy or defect; and

(b)  By delivering the articles of correction to the Department of State for filing, executed in accordance with s. 607.0120.

(3)  Articles of correction are effective on the effective date of the document they correct except as to persons relying on the uncorrected document and adversely affected by the correction. As to those persons, articles of correction are effective when filed.

History.--s. 7, ch. 89-154; s. 4, ch. 93-281; s. 15, ch. 99-218; s. 4, ch. 2003-283.

607.0125  Filing duties of Department of State.--

(1)  If a document delivered to the Department of State for filing satisfies the requirements of s. 607.0120, the Department of State shall file it.

(2)  The Department of State files a document by recording it as filed on the date of receipt. After filing a document, the Department of State shall deliver an acknowledgment or certified copy to the domestic or foreign corporation or its representative.

(3)  If the Department of State refuses to file a document, it shall return it to the domestic or foreign corporation or its representative within 15 days after the document was received for filing, together with a brief, written explanation of the reason for refusal.

(4)  The Department of State's duty to file documents under this section is ministerial. The filing or refusing to file a document does not:

(a)  Affect the validity or invalidity of the document in whole or part;

(b)  Relate to the correctness or incorrectness of information contained in the document;

(c)  Create a presumption that the document is valid or invalid or that information contained in the document is correct or incorrect.

(5)  If not otherwise provided by law and the provisions of this act, the Department of State shall determine, by rule, the appropriate format for, number of copies of, manner of execution of, method of electronic transmission of, and amount of and method of payment of fees for, any document placed under its jurisdiction.

History.--s. 8, ch. 89-154; s. 135, ch. 90-179; s. 16, ch. 99-218.

607.0126  Appeal from Department of State's refusal to file document.--If the Department of State refuses to file a document delivered to its office for filing, within 30 days after return of the document by the department by mail, as evidenced by the postmark, the domestic or foreign corporation may:

(1)  Appeal the refusal pursuant to s. 120.68; or

(2)  Appeal the refusal to the circuit court of the county where the corporation's principal office (or, if none in this state, its registered office) is or will be located. The appeal is commenced by petitioning the court to compel filing the document and by attaching to the petition the document and the Department of State's explanation of its refusal to file. The matter shall promptly be tried de novo by the court without a jury. The court may summarily order the Department of State to file the document or take other action the court considers appropriate. The court's final decision may be appealed as in other civil proceedings.

History.--s. 9, ch. 89-154; s. 136, ch. 90-179.

607.0127  Evidentiary effect of copy of filed document.--A certificate from the Department of State delivered with a copy of a document filed by the Department of State is conclusive evidence that the original document is on file with the department.

History.--s. 10, ch. 89-154; s. 17, ch. 99-218.

607.0128  Certificate of status.--

(1)  Anyone may apply to the Department of State to furnish a certificate of status for a domestic corporation or a certificate of authorization for a foreign corporation.

(2)  A certificate of status or authorization sets forth:

(a)  The domestic corporation's corporate name or the foreign corporation's corporate name used in this state;

(b)1.  That the domestic corporation is duly incorporated under the law of this state and the date of its incorporation, or

2.  That the foreign corporation is authorized to transact business in this state;

(c)  That all fees and penalties owed to the department have been paid, if:

1.  Payment is reflected in the records of the department, and

2.  Nonpayment affects the existence or authorization of the domestic or foreign corporation;

(d)  That its most recent annual report required by s. 607.1622 has been delivered to the department; and

(e)  That articles of dissolution have not been filed.

(3)  Subject to any qualification stated in the certificate, a certificate of status or authorization issued by the department may be relied upon as conclusive evidence that the domestic or foreign corporation is in existence or is authorized to transact business in this state.

History.--s. 11, ch. 89-154.

607.0130  Powers of Department of State.--

(1)  The Department of State may propound to any corporation subject to the provisions of this act, and to any officer or director thereof, such interrogatories as may be reasonably necessary and proper to enable it to ascertain whether the corporation has complied with all applicable provisions of this act. Such interrogatories must be answered within 30 days after mailing or within such additional time as fixed by the department. Answers to interrogatories must be full and complete, in writing, and under oath. Interrogatories directed to an individual must be answered by the individual, and interrogatories directed to a corporation must be answered by the president, vice president, secretary, or assistant secretary.

(2)  The Department of State is not required to file any document:

(a)  To which interrogatories, as propounded pursuant to subsection (1), relate, until the interrogatories are answered in full;

(b)  When interrogatories or other relevant evidence discloses that such document is not in conformity with the provisions of this act; or

(c)  When the department has determined that the parties to such document have not paid all fees, taxes, and penalties due and owing this state.

(3)  The Department of State may, based upon its findings hereunder or as provided in s. 213.053(14), bring an action in circuit court to collect any penalties, fees, or taxes determined to be due and owing the state and to compel any filing, qualification, or registration required by law. In connection with such proceeding the department may, without prior approval by the court, file a lis pendens against any property owned by the corporation and may further certify any findings to the Department of Legal Affairs for the initiation of any action permitted pursuant to s. 607.0505 which the Department of Legal Affairs may deem appropriate.

(4)  The Department of State shall have the power and authority reasonably necessary to enable it to administer this act efficiently, to perform the duties herein imposed upon it, and to promulgate reasonable rules necessary to carry out its duties and functions under this act.

History.--s. 13, ch. 89-154; s. 4, ch. 91-214; s. 3, ch. 97-102.

607.01401  Definitions.--As used in this act, unless the context otherwise requires, the term:

(1)  "Articles of incorporation" includes original, amended, and restated articles of incorporation, articles of share exchange, and articles of merger, and all amendments thereto.

(2)  "Authorized shares" means the shares of all classes a domestic or foreign corporation is authorized to issue.

(3)  "Business day" means Monday through Friday, excluding any day a national banking association is not open for normal business transactions.

(4)  "Conspicuous" means so written that a reasonable person against whom the writing is to operate should have noticed it. For example, printing in italics, boldface, or a contrasting color or typing in capitals or underlined is conspicuous.

(5)  "Corporation" or "domestic corporation" means a corporation for profit, which is not a foreign corporation, incorporated under or subject to the provisions of this act.

(6)  "Day" means a calendar day.

(7)  "Deliver" or "delivery" means any method of delivery used in conventional commercial practice, including delivery by hand, mail, commercial delivery, and electronic transmission.

(8)  "Distribution" means a direct or indirect transfer of money or other property (except its own shares) or incurrence of indebtedness by a corporation to or for the benefit of its shareholders in respect of any of its shares. A distribution may be in the form of a declaration or payment of a dividend; a purchase, redemption, or other acquisition of shares; a distribution of indebtedness; or otherwise.

(9)  "Electronic transmission" or "electronically transmitted" means any process of communication not directly involving the physical transfer of paper that is suitable for the retention, retrieval, and reproduction of information by the recipient. For purposes of proxy voting in accordance with ss. 607.0721, 607.0722, and 607.0724, the term includes, but is not limited to, telegrams, cablegrams, telephone transmissions, and transmissions through the Internet.

(10)  "Employee" includes an officer but not a director. A director may accept duties that make him or her also an employee.

(11)  "Entity" includes corporation and foreign corporation; unincorporated association; business trust, estate, partnership, trust, and two or more persons having a joint or common economic interest; and state, United States, and foreign governments.

(12)  "Foreign corporation" means a corporation for profit incorporated under laws other than the laws of this state.

(13)  "Governmental subdivision" includes authority, county, district, and municipality.

(14)  "Includes" denotes a partial definition.

(15)  "Individual" includes the estate of an incompetent or deceased individual.

(16)  "Insolvent" means the inability of a corporation to pay its debts as they become due in the usual course of its business.

(17)  "Mail" means the United States mail, facsimile transmissions, and private mail carriers handling nationwide mail services.

(18)  "Means" denotes an exhaustive definition.

(19)  "Person" includes individual and entity.

(20)  "Principal office" means the office (in or out of this state) where the principal executive offices of a domestic or foreign corporation are located as designated in the articles of incorporation or other initial filing until an annual report has been filed, and thereafter as designated in the annual report.

(21)  "Proceeding" includes civil suit and criminal, administrative, and investigatory action.

(22)  "Record date" means the date on which a corporation determines the identity of its shareholders and their share holdings for purposes of this act. The determination shall be made as of the close of the business on the record date unless another time is fixed.

(23)  "Secretary" means the corporate officer to whom the board of directors has delegated responsibility under s. 607.08401 for custody of the minutes of the meetings of the board of directors and of the shareholders and for authenticating records of the corporation.

(24)  "Shareholder" or "stockholder" means one who is a holder of record of shares in a corporation or the beneficial owner of shares to the extent of the rights granted by a nominee certificate on file with a corporation.

(25)  "Shares" means the units into which the proprietary interests in a corporation are divided.

(26)  "Sign" or "signature" means any symbol, manual, facsimile, conformed, or electronic signature adopted by a person with the intent to authenticate a document.

(27)  "State," when referring to a part of the United States, includes a state and commonwealth (and their agencies and governmental subdivisions) and a territory and insular possession (and their agencies and governmental subdivisions) of the United States.

(28)  "Subscriber" means a person who subscribes for shares in a corporation, whether before or after incorporation.

(29)  "Treasury shares" means shares of a corporation that belong to the issuing corporation, which shares are authorized and issued shares that are not outstanding, are not canceled, and have not been restored to the status of authorized but unissued shares.

(30)  "United States" includes district, authority, bureau, commission, department, and any other agency of the United States.

(31)  "Voting group" means all shares of one or more classes or series that under the articles of incorporation or this act are entitled to vote and be counted together collectively on a matter at the meeting of shareholders. All shares entitled by the articles of incorporation or this act to vote generally on the matter are for that purpose a single voting group.

History.--s. 14, ch. 89-154; s. 137, ch. 90-179; s. 4, ch. 97-102; s. 4, ch. 97-230; s. 18, ch. 99-218; s. 1, ch. 2001-195.

Note.--Former s. 607.0140.

607.0141  Notice.--

(1)  Notice under this act must be in writing, unless oral notice is:

(a)  Expressly authorized by the articles of incorporation or the bylaws, and

(b)  Reasonable under the circumstances.

Notice by electronic transmission is written notice.

(2)  Notice may be communicated in person; by telephone, voice mail (where oral notice is permitted), or other electronic means; or by mail or other method of delivery.

(3)(a)  Written notice by a domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state to its shareholder, if in a comprehensible form, is effective:

1.  Upon deposit into the United States mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed to the shareholder's address shown in the corporation's current record of shareholders; or

2.  When electronically transmitted to the shareholder in a manner authorized by the shareholder.

(b)  Unless otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation or bylaws, and without limiting the manner by which notice otherwise may be given effectively to shareholders, any notice to shareholders given by the corporation under any provision of this chapter, the articles of incorporation, or the bylaws shall be effective if given by a single written notice to shareholders who share an address if consented to by the shareholders at that address to whom such notice is given. Any such consent shall be revocable by a shareholder by written notice to the corporation.

(c)  Any shareholder who fails to object in writing to the corporation, within 60 days after having been given written notice by the corporation of its intention to send the single notice permitted under paragraph (b), shall be deemed to have consented to receiving such single written notice.

(d)  This subsection shall not apply to s. 607.0620, s. 607.1402, or s. 607.1404.

(4)  Written notice to a domestic or foreign corporation authorized to transact business in this state may be addressed:

(a)  To its registered agent at its registered office; or

(b)  To the corporation or its secretary at its principal office or electronic mail address as authorized and shown in its most recent annual report or, in the case of a corporation that has not yet delivered an annual report, in a domestic corporation's articles of incorporation or in a foreign corporation's application for certificate of authority.

(5)  Except as provided in subsection (3) or elsewhere in this act, written notice, if in a comprehensible form, is effective at the earliest date of the following:

(a)  When received;

(b)  Five days after its deposit in the United States mail, if mailed postpaid and correctly addressed; or

(c)  On the date shown on the return receipt, if sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, and the receipt is signed by or on behalf of the addressee.

(6)  Oral notice is effective when communicated if communicated directly to the person to be notified in a comprehensible manner.

(7)  If this act prescribes notice requirements for particular circumstances, those requirements govern. If articles of incorporation or bylaws prescribe notice requirements not less stringent than the requirements of this section or other provisions of this act, those requirements govern.

History.--s. 15, ch. 89-154; s. 19, ch. 99-218; s. 5, ch. 2003-283.

607.0201  Incorporators.--One or more persons may act as the incorporator or incorporators of a corporation by delivering articles of incorporation to the Department of State for filing.

History.--s. 16, ch. 89-154.

607.0202  Articles of incorporation; content.--

(1)  The articles of incorporation must set forth:

(a)  A corporate name for the corporation that satisfies the requirements of s. 607.0401;

(b)  The street address of the initial principal office and, if different, the mailing address of the corporation;

(c)  The number of shares the corporation is authorized to issue;

(d)  If any preemptive rights are to be granted to shareholders, the provision therefor;

(e)  The street address of the corporation's initial registered office and the name of its initial registered agent at that office together with a written acceptance as required in s. 607.0501(3); and

(f)  The name and address of each incorporator.

(2)  The articles of incorporation may set forth:

(a)  The names and addresses of the individuals who are to serve as the initial directors;

(b)  Provisions not inconsistent with law regarding:

1.  The purpose or purposes for which the corporation is organized;

2.  Managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation;

3.  Defining, limiting, and regulating the powers of the corporation and its board of directors and shareholders;

4.  A par value for authorized shares or classes of shares;

5.  The imposition of personal liability on shareholders for the debts of the corporation to a specified extent and upon specified conditions; and

(c)  Any provision that under this act is required or permitted to be set forth in the bylaws.

(3)  The articles of incorporation need not set forth any of the corporate powers enumerated in this act.

History.--s. 17, ch. 89-154; s. 138, ch. 90-179; s. 5, ch. 93-281.

607.0203  Incorporation.--

(1)  Unless a delayed effective date is specified, the corporate existence begins when the articles of incorporation are filed or on a date specified in the articles of incorporation, if such date is within 5 business days prior to the date of filing.

(2)  The Department of State's filing of the articles of incorporation is conclusive proof that the incorporators satisfied all conditions precedent to incorporation except in a proceeding by the state to cancel or revoke the incorporation or involuntarily dissolve the corporation.

History.--s. 18, ch. 89-154.

607.0204  Liability for preincorporation transactions.--All persons purporting to act as or on behalf of a corporation, having actual knowledge that there was no incorporation under this chapter, are jointly and severally liable for all liabilities created while so acting except for any liability to any person who also had actual knowledge that there was no incorporation.

History.--s. 19, ch. 89-154.

607.0205  Organizational meeting of directors.--

(1)  After incorporation:

(a)  If initial directors are named in the articles of incorporation, the initial directors shall hold an organizational meeting, at the call of a majority of the directors, to complete the organization of the corporation by appointing officers, adopting bylaws, and carrying on any other business brought before the meeting;

(b)  If initial directors are not named in the articles, the incorporators shall hold an organizational meeting at the call of a majority of the incorporators:

1.  To elect directors and complete the organization of the corporation; or

2.  To elect a board of directors who shall complete the organization of the corporation.

(2)  Action required or permitted by this act to be taken by incorporators or directors at an organizational meeting may be taken without a meeting if the action taken is evidenced by one or more written consents describing the action taken and signed by each incorporator or director.

(3)  The directors or incorporators calling the organizational meeting shall give at least 3 days' notice thereof to each director or incorporator so named, stating the time and place of the meeting.

(4)  An organizational meeting may be held in or out of this state.

History.--s. 20, ch. 89-154.

607.0206  Bylaws.--

(1)  The incorporators or board of directors of a corporation shall adopt initial bylaws for the corporation unless that power is reserved to the shareholders by the articles of incorporation.

(2)  The bylaws of a corporation may contain any provision for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation that is not inconsistent with law or the articles of incorporation.

History.--s. 21, ch. 89-154.

607.0207  Emergency bylaws.--

(1)  Unless the articles of incorporation provide otherwise, the board of directors of a corporation may adopt bylaws to be effective only in an emergency defined in subsection (5). The emergency bylaws, which are subject to amendment or repeal by the shareholders, may make all provisions necessary for managing the corporation during an emergency, including:

(a)  Procedures for calling a meeting of the board of directors;

(b)  Quorum requirements for the meeting; and

(c)  Designation of additional or substitute directors.

(2)  The board of directors, either before or during any such emergency, may provide, and from time to time modify, lines of succession in the event that during such emergency any or all officers or agents of the corporation are for any reason rendered incapable of discharging their duties.

(3)  All provisions of the regular bylaws consistent with the emergency bylaws remain effective during the emergency. The emergency bylaws are not effective after the emergency ends.

(4)  Corporate action taken in good faith in accordance with the emergency bylaws:

(a)  Binds the corporation; and

(b)  May not be used to impose liability on a corporate director, officer, employee, or agent.

(5)  An emergency exists for purposes of this section if a quorum of the corporation's directors cannot readily be assembled because of some catastrophic event.

History.--s. 22, ch. 89-154.

607.0301  Purposes and application.--Corporations may be organized under this act for any lawful purpose or purposes, and the provisions of this act extend to all corporations, whether chartered by special acts or general laws, except that special statutes for the regulation and control of types of business and corporations shall control when in conflict herewith.

History.--s. 23, ch. 89-154; s. 6, ch. 93-281.

607.0302  General powers.--Unless its articles of incorporation provide otherwise, every corporation has perpetual duration and succession in its corporate name and has the same powers as an individual to do all things necessary or convenient to carry out its business and affairs, including without limitation power:

(1)  To sue and be sued, complain, and defend in its corporate name;

(2)  To have a corporate seal, which may be altered at will and to use it or a facsimile of it, by impressing or affixing it or in any other manner reproducing it;

(3)  To purchase, receive, lease, or otherwise acquire, own, hold, improve, use, and otherwise deal with real or personal property or any legal or equitable interest in property wherever located;

(4)  To sell, convey, mortgage, pledge, create a security interest in, lease, exchange, and otherwise dispose of all or any part of its property;

(5)  To lend money to, and use its credit to assist, its officers and employees in accordance with s. 607.0833;

(6)  To purchase, receive, subscribe for, or otherwise acquire; own, hold, vote, use, sell, mortgage, lend, pledge, or otherwise dispose of; and deal in and with shares or other interests in, or obligations of, any other entity;

(7)  To make contracts and guarantees, incur liabilities, borrow money, issue its notes, bonds, and other obligations (which may be convertible into or include the option to purchase other securities of the corporation), and secure any of its obligations by mortgage or pledge of any of its property, franchises, and income and make contracts of guaranty and suretyship which are necessary or convenient to the conduct, promotion, or attainment of the business of a corporation the majority of the outstanding stock of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by the contracting corporation; a corporation which owns, directly or indirectly, a majority of the outstanding stock of the contracting corporation; or a corporation the majority of the outstanding stock of which is owned, directly or indirectly, by a corporation which owns, directly or indirectly, the majority of the outstanding stock of the contracting corporation, which contracts of guaranty and suretyship shall be deemed to be necessary or convenient to the conduct, promotion, or attainment of the business of the contracting corporation, and make other contracts of guaranty and suretyship which are necessary or convenient to the conduct, promotion, or attainment of the business of the contracting corporation;

(8)  To lend money, invest and reinvest its funds, and receive and hold real and personal property as security for repayment;

(9)  To conduct its business, locate offices, and exercise the powers granted by this act within or without this state;

(10)  To elect directors and appoint officers, employees, and agents of the corporation and define their duties, fix their compensation, and lend them money and credit;

(11)  To make and amend bylaws, not inconsistent with its articles of incorporation or with the laws of this state, for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation;

(12)  To make donations for the public welfare or for charitable, scientific, or educational purposes;

(13)  To transact any lawful business that will aid governmental policy;

(14)  To make payments or donations or do any other act not inconsistent with law that furthers the business and affairs of the corporation;

(15)  To pay pensions and establish pension plans, pension trusts, profit-sharing plans, share bonus plans, share option plans, and benefit or incentive plans for any or all of its current or former directors, officers, employees, and agents and for any or all of the current or former directors, officers, employees, and agents of its subsidiaries;

(16)  To provide insurance for its benefit on the life of any of its directors, officers, or employees, or on the life of any shareholder for the purpose of acquiring at his or her death shares of its stock owned by the shareholder or by the spouse or children of the shareholder; and

(17)  To be a promoter, incorporator, partner, member, associate, or manager of any corporation, partnership, joint venture, trust, or other entity.

History.--s. 24, ch. 89-154; s. 5, ch. 97-102.

607.0303  Emergency powers.--

(1)  In anticipation of or during any emergency defined in subsection (5), the board of directors of a corporation may:

(a)  Modify lines of succession to accommodate the incapacity of any director, officer, employee, or agent; and

(b)  Relocate the principal office or designate alternative principal offices or regional offices or authorize the officers to do so.

(2)  During an emergency defined in subsection (5), unless emergency bylaws provide otherwise:

(a)  Notice of a meeting of the board of directors need be given only to those directors whom it is practicable to reach and may be given in any practicable manner, including by publication and radio;

(b)  One or more officers of the corporation present at a meeting of the board of directors may be deemed to be directors for the meeting, in order of rank and within the same rank in order of seniority, as necessary to achieve a quorum; and

(c)  The director or directors in attendance at a meeting, or any greater number affixed by the emergency bylaws, constitute a quorum.

(3)  Corporate action taken in good faith during an emergency under this section to further the ordinary business affairs of the corporation:

(a)  Binds the corporation; and

(b)  May not be used to impose liability on a corporate director, officer, employee, or agent.

(4)  No officer, director, or employee acting in accordance with any emergency bylaws shall be liable except for willful misconduct.

(5)  An emergency exists for purposes of this section if a quorum of the corporation's directors cannot readily be assembled because of some catastrophic event.

(6)  To the extent not inconsistent with any emergency bylaws so adopted, the bylaws of the corporation shall remain in effect during any emergency, and upon termination of the emergency, the emergency bylaws will cease to be operative.

History.--s. 25, ch. 89-154.

607.0304  Ultra vires.--

(1)  Except as provided in subsection (2), the validity of corporate action, including, but not limited to, any conveyance, transfer, or encumbrance of real or personal property to or by a corporation, may not be challenged on the ground that the corporation lacks or lacked power to act.

(2)  A corporation's power to act may be challenged:

(a)  In a proceeding by a shareholder against the corporation to enjoin the act;

(b)  In a proceeding by the corporation, directly, derivatively, or through a receiver, trustee, or other legal representative, or through shareholders in a representative suit, against an incumbent or former officer, employee, or agent of the corporation; or

(c)  In a proceeding by the Attorney General, as provided in this act, to dissolve the corporation or in a proceeding by the Attorney General to enjoin the corporation from the transaction of unauthorized business.

(3)  In a shareholder's proceeding under paragraph (2)(a) to enjoin an unauthorized corporate act, the court may enjoin or set aside the act, if equitable and if all affected persons are parties to the proceeding, and may award damages for loss (other than anticipated profits) suffered by the corporation or another party because of enjoining the unauthorized act.

History.--s. 26, ch. 89-154.

607.0401  Corporate name.--A corporate name:

(1)  Must contain the word "corporation," "company," or "incorporated" or the abbreviation "Corp.," "Inc.," or "Co.," or the designation "Corp," "Inc," or "Co," as will clearly indicate that it is a corporation instead of a natural person, partnership, or other business entity;

(2)  May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is organized for a purpose other than that permitted in this act and its articles of incorporation;

(3)  May not contain language stating or implying that the corporation is connected with a state or federal government agency or a corporation chartered under the laws of the United States; and

(4)  Must be distinguishable from the names of all other entities or filings, except fictitious name registrations pursuant to s. 865.09, organized, registered, or reserved under the laws of this state, which names are on file with the Division of Corporations.

(5)  The name of the corporation as filed with the Department of State shall be for public notice only and shall not alone create any presumption of ownership beyond that which is created under the common law.

History.--s. 27, ch. 89-154; s. 7, ch. 93-281; s. 6, ch. 2003-283.

607.0403  Registered name; application; renewal; revocation.--

(1)  A foreign corporation may register its corporate name, or its corporate name with any addition required by s. 607.1506, if the name is distinguishable upon the records of the Department of State from the corporate names that are not available under s. 607.0401(4).

(2)  A foreign corporation registers its corporate name, or its corporate name with any addition required by s. 607.1506, by delivering to the Department of State for filing an application:

(a)  Setting forth its corporate name, or its corporate name with any addition required by s. 607.1506, the state or country and date of its incorporation, and a brief description of the nature of the business in which it is engaged; and

(b)  Accompanied by a certificate of existence, or a certificate setting forth that such corporation is in good standing under the laws of the state or country wherein it is organized (or a document of similar import), from the state or country of incorporation.

(3)  The name is registered for the applicant's exclusive use upon the effective date of the application and shall be effective until the close of the calendar year in which the application for registration is filed.

(4)  A foreign corporation the registration of which is effective may renew it from year to year by annually filing a renewal application which complies with the requirements of subsection (2) between October 1 and December 31 of the preceding year. The renewal application when filed renews the registration for the following calendar year.

(5)  A foreign corporation the registration of which is effective may thereafter qualify as a foreign corporation under the registered name or consent in writing to the use of that name by a corporation thereafter incorporated under this act or by another foreign corporation thereafter authorized to transact business in this state. The registration terminates when the domestic corporation is incorporated or the foreign corporation qualifies or consents to the qualification of another foreign corporation under the registered name.

(6)  The Department of State may revoke any registration if, after a hearing, it finds that the application therefor or any renewal thereof was not made in good faith.

History.--s. 29, ch. 89-154.

607.0501  Registered office and registered agent.--

(1)  Each corporation shall have and continuously maintain in this state:

(a)  A registered office which may be the same as its place of business; and

(b)  A registered agent, who may be either:

1.  An individual who resides in this state whose business office is identical with such registered office;

2.  Another corporation or not-for-profit corporation as defined in chapter 617, authorized to transact business or conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office; or

3.  A foreign corporation or not-for-profit foreign corporation authorized pursuant to this chapter or chapter 617 to transact business or conduct its affairs in this state, having a business office identical with the registered office.

(2)  This section does not apply to corporations which are required by law to designate the Chief Financial Officer as their attorney for the service of process, associations subject to the provisions of chapter 665, and banks and trust companies subject to the provisions of the financial institutions codes.

(3)  A registered agent appointed pursuant to this section or a successor registered agent appointed pursuant to s. 607.0502 on whom process may be served shall each file a statement in writing with the Department of State, in such form and manner as shall be prescribed by the department, accepting the appointment as a registered agent simultaneously with his or her being designated. Such statement of acceptance shall state that the registered agent is familiar with, and accepts, the obligations of that position.

(4)  The Department of State shall maintain an accurate record of the registered agents and registered offices for the service of process and shall furnish any information disclosed thereby promptly upon request and payment of the required fee. There shall be no charge for telephone requests for general corporate information, including the corporation's status, names of officers and directors, address of principal place of business, and name and address of registered agent.

(5)  A corporation may not maintain any action in a court in this state until the corporation complies with the provisions of this section or s. 607.1507, as applicable, and pays to the Department of State a penalty of $5 for each day it has failed to so comply or $500, whichever is less.

History.--s. 30, ch. 89-154; s. 139, ch. 90-179; s. 203, ch. 92-303; s. 8, ch. 93-281; s. 6, ch. 97-102; s. 745, ch. 2003-261.

607.0502  Change of registered office or registered agent; resignation of registered agent.--

(1)  A corporation may change its registered office or its registered agent upon filing with the Department of State a statement of change setting forth:

(a)  The name of the corporation;

(b)  The street address of its current registered office;

(c)  If the current registered office is to be changed, the street address of the new registered office;

(d)  The name of its current registered agent;

(e)  If its current registered agent is to be changed, the name of the new registered agent and the new agent's written consent (either on the statement or attached to it) to the appointment;

(f)  That the street address of its registered office and the street address of the business office of its registered agent, as changed, will be identical;

(g)  That such change was authorized by resolution duly adopted by its board of directors or by an officer of the corporation so authorized by the board of directors.

(2)  Any registered agent may resign his or her agency appointment by signing and delivering for filing with the Department of State a statement of resignation and mailing a copy of such statement to the corporation at its principal office address shown in its most recent annual report or, if none, filed in the articles of incorporation or other most recently filed document. The statement of resignation shall state that a copy of such statement has been mailed to the corporation at the address so stated. The agency is terminated as of the