A Registered Agent helps ensure legal documents are received and responded to promptly. By being available all day on all workdays, a Registered Agent will not miss any critical service of process services. Having a Registered Agent provides some privacy to its corporate clients keeping information away from public use. Rather than your business physical address going on the public record with the state, your Registered Agent information will appear there instead.
A Registered Agent will make sure notifications, demands and legal documents received will be forwarded to the corporate representative for immediate action. This is another good reason to consider designating a Registered Agent who covers all states. Different states have varying requirements for handling legal process but must do so swiftly, so the corporate defendant or witness has ample time to prepare a response.
The Registered Agent must have a physical location in the state the business is registered. A P.O. Box will not suffice. This means if a business is in multiple states, they must appoint a Registered Agent in each of these states. Think of this requirement as a jurisdictional issue. An New York state police officer cannot arrest someone in New Jersey and a New Jersey state police officer cannot arrest someone in New York. This concept is the same for service of process for legal proceedings in particular state only being delivered to a recipient in the same state. The legal documents must be delivered within the state borders of the state the proceedings are taking place. The registered agent is responsible for accepting court orders, lawsuits, and subpoenas notices. In order to ensure successful delivery of these documents the registered agent must be available during standard business hours each day. After we serve process upon The registered agent they have a duty to forward these documents to the business they are accepting service of process on behalf of.
What Does a Registered Agent Do?
A Registered Agent, also known as a resident agent, special agent, and statutory agent is a legal entity or individual appointed under state law to accept service of process and other legal documents on behalf of a business. When an individual is being served there is a distinct person to address but some companies have tens of thousands of employees. If a company based in Canada were to be served at one of their warehouses in the United States there would be great difficulty and confusion in both understanding and forwarding the legal documents to their legal team even though they are part of the same company. In the interests of judicial fairness, a business entity is required under state law to appoint a single representative to accept service of process in each jurisdiction they are located.
When a legal document is served on a business the Registered Agent accepts the document and then must forward it to the proper individuals. When first appointing a Registered Agent the procedure and means of forwarding documents between the Registered Agent and their client company will be agreed upon to avoid future delay or confusion. Every company needs a way for the public to contact it regarding legal matters. That is the role the Registered Agent serves. Registered Agent service is a company that accepts notices and services of process for other companies. Registered Agent services have procedures to notify companies when legal documents arrive. The Registered Agent of a corporate entities is responsible for accepting service of process and other time sensitive documents. Our years of experience with serving Registered Agents has afforded us the confidence of serving a variety of legal documents without fail.
Almost every state requires a corporation or an LLC to have a Registered Agent (sometimes called a resident agent, statutory agent, or agent for service of process).
The Registered Agent address is the address that will be used by attorneys and the process servers they hire for court documents, subpoenas, and urgent correspondence. The Registered Agent address must be a physical, in-state street address; P.O. Boxes are not acceptable.