Frequently Asked Questions: Registered Agent Services

What can happen if my company fails to register or designate and maintain a registered agent?

Failing to register your company and designate a registered agent may hinder the company’s ability to legally enter into contracts and gain access to the state courts. Moreover, it may subject the company to monetary, civil, and even criminal sanctions. Failure to maintain a registered agent may also cause your company to fall out of “good standing” within the state. This will subject your license to do business within the state to forfeiture, with monetary penalties assessed to reinstate your company’s good standing.

What is a Registered Agent?

Every state requires a Corporation or an LLC to have a Registered Agent (RA). (This is sometimes called a resident agent, statutory agent, or agent for service of process). The RA address will be used by the state to send any official legal and tax correspondence. The RA address must be a physical, in-state street address; P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.

 

NOTE: If we provide your RA service, the RA address cannot be used as a general business or mail forwarding address. Only official legal and tax correspondence from the state will be forwarded, and any other mailings to the registered agent will not be accepted.

Can I use the registered agent address as my company address?

No. If we provide your RA service, the RA address cannot be used as a general business or mail forwarding address. Only official legal and tax correspondence from the state will be forwarded, and any other mailings to the registered agent will not be accepted.

Why would I need registered agent services in more than one state?

A company with locations in multiple states must register as a foreign entity with each state (other than the original state of formation/registration). Each state will require a registered agent for each foreign corporation or LLC. Many Legalinc clients have multiple companies in multiple states, and each one requires a separate registered agent.

Do I need to sign anything?

Each state has different requirements. Some states require your signature on the registered agent acceptance form or other formation documents form, and some do not. If the formation of your company requires your signature, we will contact you to collect your signature by email!

How will I be notified if my registered agent receives a service of process?

You will manage your service through the Legalinc dashboard. We will upload service of process notices to your dashboard, and notify you by email. You can then review the document(s) via your dashboard.

Do you only provide registered agent services for corporations and LLCs?

No. There are other entities are required by the state to maintain a registered agent, including nonprofit corporations, associations, LLPs and more. Legalinc offers Registered Agent services for all entity types.

What purpose does a registered agent serve?

A registered agent acts as the authorized representative for accepting a Service of Process on behalf of a company within any designated  jurisdiction where the company conducts business. The registered agent also forwards other official legal and tax correspondence from the state to the company. If the company wishes to add registered agent service to more than just its formation state, please contact legalinc to add this service.

How do I obtain the registered agent address?

Once you place your order for registered agent services, we will send you a confirmation containing a confirmation link back to your account dashboard within our site. Your dashboard shows the registered agent address for the company associated with your order.

 

NOTE: The registered agent information provided is only valid for one company per each order. Multiple companies within the same state require a separate order for registered agent services for each company.

What if the documents I have require the signature of the registered agent?

Normally Legalinc will be appointed as the registered agent on the formation articles. If this is the case, no further action is required to appoint legalinc as the registered agent. If the user has already formed the entity but wishes to purchase registered agent service, continue reading.


But, states handle this issue in different ways. Some states, such as Nevada and New Mexico, require a separate acceptance form. In such cases, we will be happy to sign and return these forms as soon as possible. Others, such as Maryland and Connecticut, require the signature of the agent directly on the formation documents. In this case, you should fax the form to us at (214) 317-4754 or scan and email the document to ra@legalinc.com. We will provide the signature and return the document to you. 

 

Most states, however, do not require the signature of the registered agent. All you need to do is add the registered agent address to the formation documents and file with the state.

Once I place my order, how do I designate or reassign my company’s registered agent?

Once an order is placed through your dashboard, Legalinc will be appointed as the registered agent on the formation articles submitted to the Secretary of State automatically.