National Registered Agents, Inc. offers businesses of all sizes registered agent services via its website, www.registeredagent.com. Upon forming a corporation or other type of business, state statutes require that you appoint a Registered Agent in order for the state to remain in contact with your company and keep you up to date on annual filings, any important requirements changes and for service of process. Your Registered Agent is the representative for receiving service of process for your company. This includes dealing with any legal proceedings, legal notices or government communication presented to the company. The failure to assign a Registered Agent to your business can result in monetary and/or civil penalties, the forfeiture of your business, or even prevent it from entering into any future contracts.
If you currently have a registered agent who is not providing you with the services you need to protect you company, you can easily change your Registered Agent to National Registered Agents, Inc by calling (800) 520-6724 or simply filling Registered Agent Change Request Form
Listed below is some information about the most common business entities:
Limited Liability Company in Louisiana
A Limited Liability Company, or LLC is a form of business that provides its owners with limited liability. This means that the owners of the LLC are protected from all or some of the actions and debts that may be incurred by the LLC. A Limited Liability Company in Louisiana must designate a Registered Agent to receive service of process. There are two different types of LLC formations; domestic and foreign.
Forming a Domestic LLC in Louisiana
A domestic LLC in Louisiana can be organized to conduct any business of lawful purpose. The name of an LLC must have attached to it, the words ";Limited Liability Company"; or its abbreviation ";L.L.C";. If your business name is available, you may reserve it for a 60-day period at a fee of $25. To register your business, you must submit one copy of the Articles of Organization with a $75 filing fee, and one copy of the Limited Liability Company Initial Report with a $25 filing fee - All checks should be made payable to the Secretary of State.
Forming a Foreign LLC in Louisiana
If your company wishes to do business in Louisiana, but has been organized in another state, you would be considered a foreign LLC in Louisiana and are required to designate a Registered Agent. Similar to domestically formed LLC's, the name of your business must contain ";L.L.C"; or ";Limited Liability Company,"; and it must undergo certain filing procedures in order to operate within the state. A certificate stating that the business is operating in good standing is required to be submitted to the Secretary of State along with two copies of the Application for Certificate of Authority to Transact Business in Louisiana. The $125 filing fee should be made, payable to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Often times, an LLC is mistaken as being a corporation, but in fact it only shares certain characteristics of a corporation, such as having limited liability.
Forming a Corporation in Louisiana
A corporation is the most common form of business. Upon incorporation, which is the process of becoming a corporation, the company is given a separate legal standing from its owners, which protects them from being liable in the event the company falls into legal issues. If the corporation fails, shareholders only risk losing what they invested in the company.
Forming a Domestic Corporation in Louisiana
The corporate name of your business must contain either the words ";Corporation,"; ";Incorporated,"; ";Limited,"; or ";Co."; If the desired name is available, it can be reserved with the Secretary of State for up to 60 days for a fee of $25. In order to receive service of process, a corporation must assign to itself a Registered Agent. To file your corporation, two copies of the Articles of Incorporation and the Initial Report must be submitted to the Secretary of State. A $60 filing fee is to be made payable to the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Forming a Foreign Corporation in Louisiana
Forming a foreign corporation in Louisiana follows the same instructions as the forming of a domestic corporation, with a few differences in its filing procedures. A corporation is considered foreign in Louisiana when the business was formed in another state. To gain approval to operate the business in Louisiana, a certificate of corporate existence or a certificate of good standing must be submitted to the Secretary of State, along with two copies of the Application Form for Certificate of Authority. This requires a filing fee of $100 payable to Louisiana Secretary of State.
For more information regarding what NRAI can offer to your business, please contact us at (800) 520-6724. Simply provide us with some brief information about your company and we will find the best solution to fit your needs.