National Registered Agents, Inc. (“NRAI”) serves numerous small businesses in the State of Alabama. Every state in the country requires that a registered agent be designated to handle all formal legal documents, such as a summons or a lawsuit, which the state may send to you. The procedure whereby you are served with these documents is known as “Service of Process.”
NRAI is a third party service provider that can handle registered agent responsibilities on behalf of your business in Alabama. In addition to a registered agent, some states require that you maintain a registered office, which NRAI can also provide. A registered office is a physical location designated by the company where service of process can be received during all normal business hours. This location may be separate from the company’s primary place of business.
Beyond registered agent and registered office services, NRAI also offers other corporate services that can help you manage your business efficiently and responsibly. These services include an extensive document library filled with forms and applications from all jurisdictions across the country. They also include our Company Guard® service, which notifies clients via e-mail about important upcoming filing deadlines that your company must meet.
If you already have a registered agent and are unhappy with their service, we can help you change your registered agent to NRAI. All you have to do is provide our account representatives with the following information:
To learn more about NRAI, visit www.registeredagent.com. For a personalized consultation with one of our agents, call us at (800) 520-6724 - we will present you with a customized solution that matches your company’s needs.
The most common business entities in Alabama are outlined below.
Limited Liability Companies & Corporations in Alabama
An LLC gives you the personal liability protection that a corporation has, while also enjoying the tax benefits and ease of managing an LLC or partnership. A big advantage of forming an LLC includes fewer governance formalities and regulations than are required for managing a corporation. LLC managers also do not have ownership restrictions and may deduct losses in their personal tax returns. There are two different types of LLCs in Alabama: domestic and foreign.
Forming a Domestic LLC in Alabama
A domestic LLC is one that operates in the state where it was organized. The name of your new LLC must contain the words “Limited Liability Company” or the abbreviation “LLC” or “L.L.C.” Submit an original and two copies of your Articles of Organization to the Probate Judge of the County where your registered office is located. The Probate Judge will send one copy to the Secretary of State for filing. The Probate Judge of the County charges a $35 filing fee and a $5 indexing fee. The Secretary of State charges a $40 filing fee. You may add $10 for expedited service.
Forming a Foreign LLC in Alabama
If your company is already organized in another state, but you want to expand your operations to Alabama, you will have to assign a registered agent and office in this state. The name restrictions are the same as that of a domestic LLC. File two completed copies of the Application for Registration of a Foreign Limited Liability Company to the Alabama Secretary of State. The Secretary of State charges a $75 fee, and $10 extra for expedited service.
Forming a Domestic Corporation in Alabama
The name you choose for your new corporation must contain the words “corporation,” “incorporated,” “corp.,” or “inc.” If the name is available, you are permitted to reserve it for up to 120 days for a $10 fee. Send one original and two conformed copies of the Articles of Incorporation to the Probate Judge and Secretary of State, along with the Certificate of Name Reservation. The Judge will file the original and return the copy to you. The second copy of the Articles is certified and forwarded to the Secretary of State. Fees include $40 for the Articles of Incorporation (payable to the State of Alabama), $35 for the Articles of Incorporation (payable to the Probate Judge) and $1 for indexing (also payable to the Probate Judge).
Forming a Foreign Corporation in Alabama
Forming a foreign corporation in Alabama is very similar to registering a domestic corporation. Send the Secretary of State two copies of your completed Application for Certificate of Authority of a Foreign Corporation to Transact Business in Alabama, along with a certified copy of the Articles of Incorporation and all amendments. Also submit a $175 check (add $100 for expedited service) made payable to the State of Alabama.