Law Offices of
Thomas Gross


  San Jose  Silicon Valley
Corporate, Business, Contracts, M&A, Securities (408) 377-4178


Business & Corporate Law Resources

Government Sites:



California Offices:


        Secretary of State

                Business Search

                Corporation Name Availability

                Annual Statement of Information

        Department of Corporations

                Notice of Transaction -- 25102(f)

        Franchise Tax Board

                Minimum Franchise Taxes

        Employment Development Department (EDD)

                Registration Form

        Required Workplace Postings

        State Bar of California - Attorney Search

        Santa Clara County Superior Court; Civil Filing Fees



Federal Offices:


        Patent and Trademark Office

                Trademark FAQs

        Internal Revenue Service

                Employer Identification Number (EIN) Application Form

                S Corporation Election FormInstructions

        Securities & Exchange Commission


                Form D

                Form 144

        FINRA (NASD)

                FINRA Broker Check

                Form U4, Form U5



Local Government:


        Business License Information for San Jose Businesses 

                Business Tax Registration Form (to obtain San Jose Business License)  

        General Business Requirements for San Jose Businesses  



Federal & California Law:


        California Business & Professions Code

        California Civil Code

        California Commercial Code

        California Corporate Code

        California Labor Code

        California Probate Code

        Ninth Circuit Court Decisions



Recent Legal Developments:


        Electronic Communications permitted in Corporate Governance

        LLC Dissolutions

        SEC issues release re MD&A (management discussion & analysis) disclosure

        Voluntary Disclosure to SEC can act as waiver to attorney-client privilege

        Court affirms bankruptcy protection for IRAs

        California bill information



Pending Federal & State Legislation Affecting Businesses:


        Federal Bankruptcy Reform Legislation

        California bill would increase statute of limitations for securities violations

        FASB calls for expensing equity compensation





        Chamber of Commerce (San Jose)

        Churchill Club

        MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB)

        Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs (SVASE)

        Small Business Administration (SBA)  

        Software Development Forum (SD Forum)

        Silicon Valley-China Wireless Technology Association (SVCWireless)



Venture Capital Resources:


        National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

                NVCA Member Directory

                Model Legal Documents

        PWC Moneytree 


         Venture Capital Directory 



Informational Sites for Businesses 


        Silicon Valley Business Journal



Other Legal Sites:


        Immigration Law

        Legal News (



Other Informational Pages


        Silicon Valley Law Firms & Attorneys

        What is a Business Lawyer?

        Phishing Scams






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