What is a registered agent?

Learning about the role of a registered agent.

In short, a registered agent is a person, or in some cases, a business entity that an LLC or Corporation designates as its receiver of services of process.

Sometimes referred to by other names such as resident agent or statutory agent, the main usage of a registered agent is demonstrated when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a lawsuit or summons. The address on file with the state for the registered agent you choose will be where the annual renewal paperwork for a business entity will be sent.

This is one of the reasons that an outside registered agent service can be advantageous, especially when your customers are receiving products or services at your business's primary location, by providing an alternate address to receive legal notices, or summons.

Because maintaining a registered agent is a legal requirement for businesses, failure to properly maintain a registered agent without lapse can affect a company negatively.

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