What is a Registered Agent?
Do you have a business in the US?
Then it is mandatory for you to appoint a Registered Agent. Mandatory means for LLC, LLP or Corporation.
You will be able to choose if you want to appoint a third party of if you use any member of your LLC as your registered agent.
Already when forming your business and file your Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State, most states require you to have appointed the registered agent.
What does a Registered Agent do and why is it beneficial for your company?
In super short: A Registered Agent takes care of official and legal mail correspondence. The registered agent is an individual or entity that has been designated to receive service of process notices, government correspondence and compliance-related documents on behalf of the company. So a registered agent helps ensure your legal documents are received and responded to promptly. And as it works every day at normal working hours, no letter will be missed or lost.
Then the registered agent will scan or forward any materials to the company in a timely manner.
Registered Agent Requirements
There are not so many requirements that must be met to be a registered agent. The agent simply needs to be a resident of the state where your company is registered.
With a physical address he will then be able to receive all mail correspondence. Please be advised: A P.O. mailbox is not allowed to be used.
Third Party Registered Agent Services
So to keep a professional level at all times and be compliant, it is often the best choice to use a professional registered agent service to receive your company.
With a professional service like Clevver registered agent, you can be sure that all mail is being received on normal working hours. Also you will be informed directly in your APP and via Email about new items. And all scans will be send to you in a timely manner.
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What are the consequences if you do not have a Registered Agent?
Again: When you start your business, you have to designate a registered agent. And when you change the agent you also have to file for this change.
But not having a registered agent or not paying the registered agent fees might end up badly and might include penalties and fines. In worst case scenario your company loses good standing, might lose corporate status and might be prohibited from doing business in that state.
And of course if there is important legal notices from courts that are send to you and no one to receive them, you might miss important dates and this is surely not in the company interest.
How much does a Registered Agent cost?
There are many providers that offer registered agent service and the prices vary. Prices depend often on the amount of states that are offered as well as the service offered with the registered agent. We as Clevver offer Registered Agent service in any US state at competitive rates including a sophisticated APP for your mail correspondence.
Registered Agent Conclusions:
A registered agent is a mandatory service. He takes care of legal documents and government notices on the company behalf. This seems to be a simple service, but this service is very important to your company. Therefore you should be very cautious to find a good and responsible partner as your registered agent.
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