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Why You Need a Registered Agent

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Submitted by UCS on October 6, 2017

Why Consider a Registered Agent for Your Business?

A registered agent serves as the captain of your team. He or she is essentially a named third party who holds a number of responsibilities and performs various duties on behalf of your business. Depending on the state in which your entity is registered, having a registered agent may or may not be required by law. Either way, it is highly recommended that you consider having a registered agent to help preserve the smooth sailing of your corporation or LLC.

What Does a Registered Agent Do?

It is the job of the registered agent to act as the receiving party to a legal action.  Service of process is the first step in a potential lawsuit, initiating legal action through the delivery of a complaint against a defending party. The registered agent is responsible for forwarding SOP to your entity in a safe and timely manner to inform the entity of a pending lawsuit or summons. In addition, the registered agent is charged with relaying correspondence from the Secretary of State and other governmental agencies.

Who Can Serve as a Registered Agent?

Quite often the registered agent is an individual associated with the operation of the business and at other times they are a third party. While it is possible to serve as the registered agent of your own business, it is advisable that you designate a third party. Assigning a third party gives your company the flexibility to:

  • Move offices without having to notify the secretary of state
  • Managing mailings from various government agencies
  • Having an available destination year-round to receive Service of Process

The job of the registered agent is to maintain peace of mind that the all your bases have been covered. Depending on state law a registered agent can typically be any resident  of the state (business accountant, attorney, corporate officer) in which the business is formed.

For more information regarding the role served by a registered agent, feel free to consult our website by clicking here or by calling us at (800) 899-8648 to speak to a United Corporate representative over the phone.