Monday, October 26, 2009

Which “principal place of business” address is best for a New Mexico LLC?

There has been a lot of confusion about this. Perhaps I can clear it up.

1. If you order a custom New Mexico LLC, you can ask to have no address listed at all. This is not a good idea because New Mexico will assume you are starting a business in that state. You will therefore get letters and more letters requiring you to fill out state forms for employees, etc.

2. You may also order a custom New Mexico LLC and list your own street address or another street address you use as a ghost address. If you use your own address, there goes your privacy! And even if you use a nearby ghost address, you will start getting junk mail because that address will be picked up from the NM public Web site.

3. If you order a pre-formed (shelf) New Mexico LLC, it will of course have the address of a “principal place of business” on it already. If you order from Rosie, for example, the Articles will show an address in Spain’s Canary Islands. Is that a good idea? Yes, for two reasons:

(a) Junk mail will go to the Canary Islands and be destroyed there.
(b) No one will have a clue as to your true address.

4. If the Articles on your NM LLC show Rosie’s Canary Islands address, can you then use that address for your own purposes? Absolutely not. Once Rosie sells the NM LLC to you, you must then use whatever your own address is for receiving mail.

Consider this example: You sell your car to Joe Jones. Your own address is on the title. When Joe fills out the section for “Buyer,” can he list YOUR address? Of course not. He must list an address that belongs to him. That is where the title will be sent.

5. What about the Santa Fe address of the resident agent—can you use that address for anything? Answer: NEVER! Any unofficial mail sent to the agent’s address will be returned to sender, and he may then choose to resign as your resident agent.

: When you use your NM LLC to purchase a vehicle, buy real estate, or for any other purpose, you are not authorized to use either of the two addresses listed in the Articles. Instead, you should use an alternate address of your own. If you do not have a good alternative address, consider obtaining a ghost address from Rosie Enriquez. She offers addresses in Canada, Alaska, or Spain’s Canary Islands.

Monday, October 19, 2009

How to Avoid Danger from a Stranger at the Door

I travel a good deal, leaving my wife at home alone. Although our home is built from concrete and steel and has hidden doorways and passages, the one big danger—especially when I am away—would be that my wife would unbolt and open the front door if someone knocked. That actually happened to a family we know of — the husband was on a trip when his wife opened the door to a stranger. She was raped and then killed.

We live at the end of a dead-end road on the side of a small mountain. If anyone approaches our home, a hidden sensor is triggered and a bell rings in our kitchen. We then glance out through a narrow one-way mirror to see who it is. If we do not recognize the person, we do not answer the knock. (It will never be a postal carrier, a pizza delivery person, or anyone from a courier service because we never, and I mean NEVER, give out our location to anyone other than to a few close friends.)

Although we don’t currently have a sign out, we used to have one that said “Knock all you want. We never answer the door.” If you plan to put out a sign yourself, you might consider something a bit more gentle, such as “Day sleeper—do not ring bell.”

Why not have a chat with your family this evening? Explain that from this day forward, no one is to answer when strangers knock.

For additional information, see my e-book Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks, especially Chapter Two: How to Avoid Danger from a Stranger at the Door.

Monday, October 12, 2009

How to give out a telephone number that is never answered

On page 145 of How to be Invisible, I listed a toll-free number that always had a busy signal. Unfortunately, that is now a real number used by someone else. I listed some other numbers to use on the Q and A forum on my website, but those numbers were also changed in time.

Further, rather than giving out a number that is always busy, I prefer to have a legitimate number available that does ring but is never answered. I therefore contacted a friend in Spain's Canary Islands who obtained an extra cell phone in his own name. He keeps it charged up at all times and has turned off both the ringer and the option to leave a voice mail message. The number just rings and rings and rings. If I am ever asked why I never answer the phone, I can say that I only answer when I'm in the islands! (If you are interested in such a service yourself, click here.)

Otherwise, you can obtain an extra cell phone on your own and copy the arrangement above. Just be sure to keep the phone charged and the service paid up.

Monday, October 5, 2009

How to use a legitimate return address that will not be traced back to you.

In the UK, it is a common practice to mail letters with no return address. Nevertheless, I do not recommend it and here’s why:

Suppose you made an error in the address, or the person you sent the letter to has changed to a post office box, or perhaps has moved away? Your letter will then go to the dead letter office where it will eventually be opened. Will your address be inside? Or even a check? Further, you may assume the letter was received whereas actually, it was not.

Many of you readers already have a ghost address in Canada, Alaska or Spain so why not use that address as your return address on some of your mail? If a letter bounces, you will get it back from your mail-forwarding service.