For many commercial ventures — both great and small — business is a multi-state and, often, multinational venture. Even if your company doesn’t directly conduct business activities in a given state, that doesn’t automatically mean that you might not find yourself in a position where you need to sue in that state. When that state is Georgia, make sure you act swiftly to retain a skilled Atlanta commercial litigation lawyer to help you defeat efforts by the defense to derail that lawsuit.
In Georgia, as in other states, there is something known as a “Certificate of Authority to Transact Business” that shows that your non-Georgia business entity is authorized by the Secretary of State to do business in this state.
Not getting a certificate comes with various risks, which include potentially barring your business from pursuing a commercial litigation action in the Georgia courts. That is only true, though, if your business’s activity in the Peach State exceeds a certain minimum threshold.