What is a Registered Agent?

What a registered agent does

What Does a Registered Agent Do?

A corporation or LLC must identify a registered agent in each state where they are registered.

A registered agent is a person or entity that is designated to receive important legal documents on behalf of your business. The types of legal documents sent to a registered agent may include lawsuit or judgment notices, corporate registration requirements, Secretary of State correspondence, etc.

Who can be a registered agent?

A registered agent can be the owner of the business, an employee, or a third party.

Depending on the state, your registered agent’s name and address may be part of the public record. Registered agents must be available to receive mail and deliveries at their listed address during business hours.

Some business owners find these requirements unappealing, so they choose to hire a third-party registered agent. Companies can hire a third-party registered agent to receive legal notices on behalf of their company and notify them accordingly.

Hiring a third-party registered agent can provide more privacy because your name and address will not be part of the public record. Third-party registered agents also provide more flexibility to run your business, as you are not required to be at the office between 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

 

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