Some of the information provided in this template may or may not fit the needs of a specific organization. Use of this template should not be construed as legal counsel or substitute the advice of an attorney. The Secretary of State's office is the central filing office for certain Uniform Commercial Code financing statements and other lien documents including notices of judgment liens, attachment liens and federal and state tax liens. Filing with our office serves to perfect a security interest in named collateral and establish priority in case of debtor default or bankruptcy. The Business Programs Division, the largest division of the Secretary of State's office, supports California Businesses by registering business entities and trademarks and enabling secured creditors to protect their financial interests. The Business Programs Division processes millions of business filings and information requests each year. The Secretary of State administers numerous other filings including immigration consultant and various business bonds, notices of joint powers, successor-in-interest, statement of facts – roster of public agencies, and athlete agents. There is a unique process of amending articles of incorporation, different from the procedure for amending bylaws. In the course of any amendment necessary, such as the change of the name of the business or business location, these have to be filed with the secretary or the department of state. The Secretary of State's office maintains registration and all updates of California state trademarks and service marks, container brands, laundry marks and the names of farms, ranches, estate or villas.