Well … a lot. But one that comes across our desks far too often is: “I didn’t realize you need to file a UCC financing statement to perfect an outright sale of accounts receivable.” So as to not bury the lede: you should always file a UCC financing statement to perfect the sale of accounts. Now there is an narrow exception and maybe in a particular transaction there may be an eyes-wide-open reason that someone would choose not to file, but Article 9 of the UCC is clear. So clear in fact that official comment 4 to UCC 9-309 simply says: “Any person who regularly takes assignments of any debtor’s accounts or payment intangibles should file.” I generally recommend staying on-sides with a statue’s drafters.
Continue Reading So, first up, what is easy that you can really mess up?