What Is A Registered Service Agent?

Written by Jeff Lancaster
June 21, 2012

Why Would You Need A National Registered Service Agent?

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A national registered agent, also known as a resident agent or statutory agent, is a company or individual marked to receive service of process when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a court action or summons.

The registered agent’s address would be where the state will deliver the paperwork for the yearly renewal of the business entity’s charter. The registered agent for a business entity may be specific associate of the company, or more often, a third party, such as the company’s attorney or a service provider.

Failing to effectively keep a registered agent may influence your company negatively.

Many companies are not considered “people” per se, they are business bodies such as corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs). This is because there are substantial liability securities and also tax advantages to being incorporated as opposed to being “self-employed”.

The majority of jurisdictions in the US necessitate that any kind of business entity that is formed or doing business within their borders appoint and also maintain a “Registered Agent”. This person might be known as the “Resident Agent” or “Statutory Agent”, depending on the regulations of the specific jurisdiction in which the business entity is located.

The purpose of a Registered Agent is to supply a legitimate address (not a P.O. Box) within that jurisdiction where there are individuals available in the course of ordinary business hours to assist in legal service of process being served in the occasion of a legal action or legal action. Typically, the registered agent is the person the authorities send all official documents required each year for tax and legal purposes, such as franchise tax notices and annual report forms.

It is the registered agent’s task to forward these papers to your business.

Registered Agents will usually notify business executives if their state filing status is in “Great Standing” or not. The reason these notifications are desired of a registered agent is that it is tough for a business entity to keep track of legislative modifications and report due days for numerous jurisdictions given the contrasting statutes of various states.

Charges for not keeping a registered agent usually will result in a government body withdrawing a company’s business or LLC legal standing along with in some circumstances, assess extra penalty charges.

Positive Aspects of a Third Party Registered Agent

  • As the Registered Agent name and address is among public document, typically, the registered agent address will definitely be the one listed in all official records.
  • Delegating a third-party registered agent permits the business owner to take a trip for business or pleasure without the danger of a default judgment because of an ignored court action.
  • A Registered Agent enables a company to easily alter their location at any time, without being required to request pricey changes of address within the state they are doing business in each time they relocate.
  • Having service of process sent to a company’s key place of business can stimulate rumors between customers and also personnel. Designating a different address for getting service of process avoids this scenario.
  • Commercial registered agents typically have systems to keep track of filing, notification and publishing criteria for the company which could save large amounts of money in late fees were they to miss out on a required court action. These are known as “Compliance Managers”, “Tax Calendars” and/or “Compliance Calendars”.
  • Some business registered agents provide real-time notification of any type of legal claim, and deliver all official documents straight to the businesses they act for.
  • Generally most business providers have “Form Libraries” of documents and additional records required to file in assorted jurisdictions – or to maintain a “Very good Standing” for the business.

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Jeff Lancaster

Jeff Lancaster

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