Filing your business formation papers is an event that creates a new, legal entity with ongoing duties and responsibilities. One of those duties is to appoint and maintain a registered agent (sometimes known as a resident agent or statutory agent). You must appoint your registered agent when you file the paperwork to form your business. If you are thinking of expanding into a new state, you must file for a certificate of authority (foreign qualification) and appoint a registered agent in the new state.
Once your business has been formed, or your certificate of authority has been issued, you must maintain a registered agent in each state, until your entity officially terminates. Your registered agent is your point of contact with state agencies and courts. For that reason, your registered agent must have a physical address in the state: a post office box won’t do.
What’s more, your agent must always be available during normal working hours, throughout the year. Your registered agent receives official legal documents on your company’s behalf. It is critical that each official state document is handled correctly and delivered to you promptly, so that you are aware of filing deadlines and court proceedings that affect your business. Your agent also serves as your eyes and ears in the state, monitoring developments that can impact your company. We understand the obligations of registered agents inside and out. Plus, we stay abreast of the constantly changing business compliance landscape. Our experienced professionals are ready to deliver Registered Agent services with the quality, value and convenience your business deserves.
Benefits of a Registered Agent
Most states require that every business have a Registered Agent to receive important legal and tax notifications. Without one, you could suffer penalties or be prohibited from doing business. Registered Agents are available in all 50 states as a point of contact for your business so you can be certain that official government documents are not missed or lost. Your Registered Agent’s address will be used for public records so your personal business address can remain private and you can avoid unwanted third-party solicitations.