A registered agent, also known as a resident agent or statutory agent, is a responsible third-party, a business or individual in the same state as the business, who can receive any legal notification, service of process notices when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a lawsuit or summons, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and any other official government notifications—usually tax forms and notice of lawsuits—on behalf of the corporation or LLC.
The registered agent’s address may also be where the state sends the paperwork for the periodic renewal of the business entity’s charter (if required). The registered agent for a business entity may be an officer or employee of the company, or a third party, such as the organization’s lawyer or a service company. Failure to properly maintain a registered agent can affect a company negatively. Different states have different requirements for registered agents. Typically, the agent must be a natural person resident of the state in question or, in states that allow entities to serve as registered agents, an entity having a business office within the state and authorized to do business in the state.
Requirements for Registered Agent:
- Must have a physical address in the same state of the business
- Available during business hours
- Able to be served in the case of a legal notice or summon
- Able to help you respond quickly in the event of a lawsuit, avoid missed deadlines, fines and penalties for non-compliance
Benefits to have a third party service company like Fast Inc USA:
- Convenience, reliability and accountability to help manage your key governmental documents to avoid any issues
- Keep your privacy as owners or members
- Use a separate address from your home address for official mailing
- Notification by mail or email of any legal notification
- Assistance with any legal or tax issues
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Can I change Registered Agent ?
For varying reasons a business entity might at some point wish to change their registered agent to another party after a registered agent has already been designated. This is perfectly fine as long as the adequate paperwork and filling is completed with the state office along with any requisite fees, which may vary form state to state. Fast Inc USA is here to assist you with this statutory requirement.
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