Registered Agent – What Do They Do and Do I Need One?
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
by Erin McAllister, Paralegal
1. Requirement. All states require business entities doing business in their state to have a registered agent with a legal address in their state (P.O. Boxes are generally not acceptable). This requirement stems from one of the most important duties of a registered agent - accepting service of legal documents for and in behalf of the entity.
2. Protection and Privacy. The registered agent can be a third-party individual or entity that provides a legal address for the company to receive notifications. Such notifications could include legal complaints filed against the business, tax forms from the state, and renewal information from the Secretary of State. A registered agent can provide an extra layer of privacy so that the owner’s personal information can remain hidden from immediate public disclosure.
3. Convenience. A third-party registered agent will accept documentation even when you are not in your home or office and can save you the potentially embarrassing situation of being served lawsuit papers in front of customers and your family. They can also minimize the hassle of tracking registrations and renewals to help ensure that you don’t miss important filing deadlines.
A commercial registered agent is available in most states. This is a person or entity that registers with the state to act as a registered agent for entities for a nominal fee. Spaulding Law is a commercial registered agent and offers these services to our clients. Most states keep a list of the commercial registered agents that are registered to do business within their state.
It is important to note that a company that does not maintain an active registered agent may risk their “good standing” with the state in which they’re registered and may face fines.
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