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What is a Registered Agent?
In short, a registered agent is the point of contact between your business and the government, leaving you free to manage your business and service clients or customers. The registered agent needs to have a physical address in the same state you are conducting business in (a PO box is not sufficient) and must be available to receive government or legal notices during normal business hours. Anderson Advisors has a Registered Agent Service to handle this for you.
In all states, a registered agent must be named in the document forming a corporation or LLC. Your registered agent will manage important legal documents on behalf of your business and can represent your company in the event of a lawsuit. Here are a few of the details they will handle for your business:
5 Things Registered Agents Do for your Business
- Accept and Forward Tax Documents
- Accept and File Compliance Documents
- Respond to Service of Process Notifications
- Serve as the Physical Address in that state for your Business
- Help make sure your Business remains in good standing
1. A Registered Agent will Accept and Forward Tax Documents
Only two things are certain in life: death and taxes; hopefully, death won’t happen to your business, but taxes certainly will. Whether your business operates in one state or multiple, taxes are always a real headache and there are potentially punitive repercussions for avoiding them (even by accident). It’s important to choose a registered agent who can forward your tax documents on time and employ a successful tax strategy for your business.
2. Registered Agents Accept and File Compliance Documents
Your registered agent can help you stay abreast of important compliance documents, along with accepting and filing them on your behalf. Business owners know that federal, state, county, and city-issued documents can pile up, creating a layered headache that’s nearly impossible to manage. Instead of juggling dates, wading through the legalese, and dealing with the city or county clerk’s office, a registered agent can do all this for you.
3. A Registered Agent will Respond to Service of Process Notifications
A registered agent can accept and respond to service of process notifications (court summons). If you have a client-facing business such as a restaurant, consulting firm, or retail venture, you can avoid the embarrassment and frustration of getting served legal notices in front of your clients or customers, so your registered agent will take one for the team and notify you at a more appropriate time.
4. Registered Agents Serve as the Physical Address for your Business
For digital businesses, where you work across state lines, utilizing a registered agent service is the simplest solution to having a physical address in the state you are conducting business in. This is perhaps the easiest first step to protecting your assets and your business.
5. A Registered Agent will Help Your Business Remain in Good Standing
One of the most basic tasks a registered agent will do is help you make sure your business remains in good standing. Their goal is to manage tax, legal, and compliance paperwork on your behalf to make sure your doors stay open for business (whether those doors are physical or digital). Keeping a business in good standing sounds like a simple task, but it has many moving parts and if even just one of them goes unnoticed, your business could face serious consequences.
The Difference Between Commercial and Noncommercial Registered Agents
Some states need to know if your third-party representative is a commercial agent or a noncommercial agent.
What is a Commercial Registered Agent?
Commercial Registered Agents have filed a listing statement with the Secretary of State (for that state). The state may require this action because they’re serving as the registered agent for a certain number of businesses. For example, in Delaware, if they are the point of contact for 50 or more businesses, they must be registered as a Commercial Registered Agent. In summary, a commercial registered agent is in the business of serving as a registered agent.
What is a Noncommercial Registered Agent?
Noncommercial Registered Agents have not filed a listing statement with the Secretary of State (for that state). They might even be a private individual, as opposed to a business or LLC. However, some states require or strongly suggest that your business assign a commercial agent (to name a few: Montana, Nevada, Idaho, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, Delaware, Maine, and Pennsylvania).
Do You Need a Registered Agent?
An LLC or corporation cannot be its own agent, but you (or a person in your company) can serve as your registered agent. There are many reasons why hiring a responsible attorney to be your registered agent is best for your business.
By having a competent registered agent handle the compliance end of your business, you’ll be free to take care of other things. These include maintaining your business, expanding operations, servicing your clients and customers, and making time for your personal life. The appeal of a registered agent increases when they can also triple up as a law firm and your tax advisor. These are concerns you would probably outsource anyway.
Don’t risk delegating these tasks to one of your employees. They certainly have enough work to do and could forget important dates and documents. Outsourcing allows business owners to focus on what matters particularly driving down costs. On the other hand, business owners who keep everything in-house may not enjoy the benefits of outsourcing their registered agent.
Of course, one of the biggest appeals of appointing a registered agent is decreasing your personal liability. This is something every business owner desires.
The Importance of Limiting Personal Liability
If you’re a serious business owner, you’ve probably set up something like an LLC to separate yourself and your assets from the business. For real estate investors, setting up an LLC is essential since landlords are constantly at risk from tenant-generated lawsuits. Investors who flip homes are also at risk from construction-related accidents, and even unlawful trespassers. Real estate investors who are buying, selling, and renting out properties are very busy juggling multiple tasks. They are more prone to transgressing a compliance issue due to negligence. These errors can result in thousands to millions of dollars in judgments, depending on your investments.
You want to eliminate personal liability as much as you possibly can. Personal liability is not exclusively under threat from outside risks like clients and other businesses. There may be times when the owner can be a risk to their own business. This can happen through accidental negligence, even with simple tasks like registration, taxes, and general government correspondence.
You can’t really control outside factors that affect your business. Occurrences such as the larger economy, business partners who veer from an agreed agenda, or even dissatisfied clients, whether they’re defaming you through online reviews or calling you to court are all out of your control. Controlling what you can control reduces unnecessary risk and minimizes potential losses to your business. Utilizing Anderson Advisors Registered Agent Services is one way you can take control. Just as important, you know you will never miss an important deadline or lose necessary paperwork.
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Anderson Advisors’ Registered Agent Services
Many companies offering to be your registered agent are run by salesmen, not lawyers. As we mentioned, there are real benefits to having a registered agent who also understands the legal system and tax strategies.
At Anderson Business Advisors, we take the role of a registered agent very seriously and offer our clients a streamlined experience. Our proprietary business monitoring service proactively ensures your business entity is maintaining compliance in over 49 jurisdictions. You can review service of process notifications and filter them by month, lawsuit, and jurisdiction. We offer software for process management tools and electronic payment options.
Everything about our firm is geared toward fulfilling the true role of a registered agent and makes it easier to run your business.
Whether you are contemplating having Anderson Advisors form your new business entity, filing your own entity and need a registered agent service, or looking to upgrade your existing registered agent service from your current provider, Anderson Advisors is the best choice for comprehensive and exceptional services at an attractive price. Your registered agent is your first line of defense against default judgments and business revocation. Anderson Advisors’ registered agent services maintain a wide base of registered agents and statutory compliance experts. We serve thousands of small and large companies, providing expert knowledge of every jurisdiction.
Anderson Advisors’ services include a range of offerings:
- Maintain entity compliance – our first-of-its-kind business entity monitoring service. Proactively monitors your entities and immediately notifies you about status changes in 49 jurisdictions
- View service of process by month, lawsuit type, or jurisdiction
- Paperless service of process management tools
- Electronic payment options
Nevada Privacy Enhancements
Nevada is the premier jurisdiction for individuals looking for business privacy. With Anderson Advisors’ unlimited nominee, your business owner, manager, officer, or director is provided complete anonymity. Your business is protected behind the legal shield of our law firm. Your personal information will not be made available to the public. This keeps your name and address away from prying eyes, annoying solicitors, and junk mail. This also provides anonymity to anyone else who accesses the Secretary of State’s database. Those who do that research, usually do so for reasons that are not for your benefit.
- Nominee officer or director for corporations
- Nominee manager for LLCs
- Complete business address and mail forwarding
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Registered Agent FAQ
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Why do I need a registered agent?
In all states, a registered agent must be named in the document forming a corporation or LLC. A registered agent is authorized to receive service of process in the event of a lawsuit and other important documents on behalf of the business.
What are the requirements for being a registered agent?
A registered agent must be an adult or an authorized business available during normal business hours at a street address in the state in which the business is formed. For privacy and convenience reasons, many businesses choose a third party, such as a commercial registered agent, to serve as their registered agent.
Can I change my registered agent to Anderson Advisors?
Yes, you can change the registered agent of an existing corporation or LLC. Doing so typically requires a fee and filing with your state. If you want Anderson Advisors to be your businesss’ registered agent, we will file the required documentation at no additional cost. Sometimes, we even have special promotions that may cover all costs. Contact us today to see our current promotions.
Can I use the registered agent address for all my business mail?
No, the Registered Agent will not accept commercial mail (bank statements, solicitation letters, credit cards, etc.). Anderson does have mail forwarding services available to provide a secondary mailing address for those who need this convenience.
Can I represent my own entity as a registered agent?
If you live in the same state the entity is filed in and can be at your address Mon-Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM reliably, then technically, yes. But, it’s highly recommended that business owners don’t act as their own RA. Two important reasons why not to act as your own RA:
If you are the Registered Agent your name will be listed on public record as associated with the entity. Of course, being the Registered Agent does not mean you own the entity, but why put your name on public record if you don’t absolutely have to?
If you are not at your office or place of business when important legal documents are delivered, will your employees know how to handle them and make sure you are aware of the timelines on when to respond to the correspondence?
Do registered agent requirements vary by state?
Every state requires an LLC, partnership, or corporation to have a registered agent. In some states, the agent will be called a statutory agent or an agent of process. Regardless of what they’re called on paper, some requirements are uniform throughout. They need to be available at a physical location (not a PO box) during normal business hours (generally between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM, but this can vary by state) and be over the age of 18 if they’re an individual.
There may be some variations between states, but if you have questions, or want to see a list of registered agents, you can always contact the office of the Secretary of State for your state.
What can happen if you do not maintain a designated registered agent?
If you attempt to cut corners and save a few hundred dollars on the paperwork, you may end up paying a lot more. Without a registered agent handling the compliance end of your business and helping you stay in good standing, you could face revocation of important business licenses, fines, negated contracts, and unwanted court proceedings.
Having a registered agent also has some lighter benefits, such as maintaining the anonymity of your personal residence and mailing address, sparing you from junk mail, and saving you the embarrassment of having a uniformed police officer serve you papers. Also, if you travel frequently for business or pleasure, not having a registered agent can put your business at serious risk.