What’s a registered agent (RA) & why it is key to have one, other than you, the business owner?
Entrepreneurs, such as yourself, receive important legal documents, via mail and may get served court documents in person. An RA receives those for you (and, in most states, you’re required to have one). Some Benefits:
Reduces fines: Having an RA helps to ensure that you’ll receive important filing notifications from, helping you stay in good standing at most government levels (State) so you don’t get hit with penalties.
Allows more freedom: If you serve as your own RA, you’ll need to be available to receive things by mail or in person during normal business hours. An external RA, does this for you.
Additional Privacy: Public records show the RA address. If your business is named in a lawsuit, and the other party serves the RA, it could potentially prevent you from receiving court documents in front of others.
Here’s “most” everything an RA should received on your behalf:
- Court documents (if you get served)
- State tax notifications
- Secretary of State notifications
- Annual report notices
- Official state correspondence
- “Most” Junk mail
Why does a business need a registered agent?
Can a Business Owner change the registered agent?