Registered Agent Services: Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers
 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Many corporate law practices offering business formations and other corporate legal services to their clients, also provide registered agent services by acting as their clients registered agent. When law firms elect to act as the registered agent for their clients, many times they do so without taking additional considerations. Firms rarely charge for this service, rarely check with their malpractice insurance about coverage, and rarely understand the full breadth of their responsibility.

 

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