How do I post a legal ad?
Verified 02 January 2023 - Directorate of Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister), Ministry of Justice
The publication of a legal advertisement is mandatory to inform the public about the main stages of a business' life: creation, modification or cessation of activity. It must be inserted in a medium authorized to receive legal announcements (SHAL): it is either a legal announcements journal (JAL) or an online press service (SPEL).
All businesss (SARL, SA, SAS, etc.) must insert in a legal announcements medium (Shal: titleContent) at the time of their establishment and at the time of termination of their activity.
They must also publish a legal advertisement in case of a change in the business: this is the case during a change of leader, a change of business purpose, a transfer of registered office, a capital increase, etc.
Individual business On the other hand, craftsmen and traders who operate asIS: titleContent, EIRL: titleContent, micro-entrepreneurs) and GIE: titleContent are not affected by this obligation.
You must request a publication from a Legal Announcement Log (JAL) or a online press service (SPEL) authorized in the department where the head office of the business is located.
You can find the list of media entitled to receive legal announcements (SHAL) using an interactive map:
Your publication request must include the following information:
- Name of the business
- Business acronym
- Shape of the business
- Amount of share capital
- Address of registered office
- Social purpose
- Duration of business
- Name(s) of officer(s)
- Indication of the register in which the business will be registered
Advertisements published in online media (SPEL) remain displayed for at least 7 days from their publication on the home page of the site.
After the legal announcement has been issued, the Shal: titleContent provide the business with a certificate of publication.
All advertisements published in the authorized media (SHAL) can be consulted in a central digital database: the company Legal Advertising Portal (PPLE).
There are 2 types of pricing for legal listings:
- or the flat-rate for announcements of formation, dissolution and closure of liquidation
- or depending on the number of characters in the other cases
The price of a legal listing is set at package (i.e. fixed amount) in the following cases:
- Establishment of a business
- Act of appointment of liquidators and notice of closure of the liquidation of civil and commercial businesses in the context of a dissolving
- Judgment opening or closing a collective proceedings (safeguard, recovery and winding-up proceedings)
The price depends on the legal form of the business and the department in which the ad is published.
For single limited partnership (SCS) businesses and share limited partnership (SCA) businesses, the tariff is not flat-rate.
Price per character
Where a flat rate is not provided for, the price of the legal advertisement depends on its length.
This is the case, for example, in the case of a change of registered office, an increase or reduction in capital, a change in the object of the company, etc.
The rate is then set according to the number of characters in the ad. Multiply the total number of characters in the ad, including spaces, by the price of the character.
The price of the character varies by department in which the seat of the business is located.
- Law No. 55-4 of 4 January 1955 concerning judicial and legal announcements
- Commercial Code: Article R210-3Insertion of a notice of business formation in a LAH
- Decree No. 2012-1547 of 28 December 2012 on the insertion of legal announcements relating to businesses and goodwill in a central digital database
- Order of 19 November 2021 concerning the rates and methods of publication of judicial and legal announcements
- Order of 27 December 2022 amending the Order of 19 November 2021 relating to pricing and publication of judicial and legal announcements
- Search for media eligible to publish legal listings by department
- Legal company Advertising Portal (PLPP)
- Amendment of the statutes of the business
- Change the purpose of the business
- Changing a business’ headquarters
- Reducing the social capital of the business
- Increasing the share capital of the business
- Change the business leader
- Dissolution of a business
- Judicial Redress
- Involuntary closure of a company: judicial liquidation