All business entities must have a registered agent, and that is what National Registered Agents, Inc. is here to provide to you. A registered agent is a person designated to receive official notice for a business if it happens to be "served" with a lawsuit. Receipt of such notices on behalf of a business is termed Service of Process. No matter how small or large your business may be, you must designate to it, a registered agent. This individual will make sure that you are up to date with future legal deadlines and any paperwork that you may need to complete. It is important to keep up with all legal requirements to keep your company in "good standing," and one of our account representatives can help you do so. At NRAI, we provide you with a variety of business services that will meet your company's individual needs and help build your success. National Registered Agents, Inc. serves all 50 states, and all businesses, big or small. Find out more at www.registeredagent.com or call (800) 520-6724.
Switching your agent
If you wish to change your current agent, please submit to us a Registered Agent Change Request Form found on our website. Please provide us with your company name and contact information, and the jurisdiction(s) in which you wish to seek Registered Agent services, and you'll be on your way to working with our professional staff.
Corporation vs. LLC
Two of the most popular business entities conducted today include corporations and LLC's. These two entities share a few similarities, but also have some differences. Both corporations and LLCs provide their owners/shareholders limited liability from any debts that may arise from the business. Corporations and LLCs are different in that corporations involve many more players than an LLC. In a corporation, shareholders, employees, creditors and stakeholders are all involved.
Registering a Corporation
Domestic: A Corporation is a separate legal entity and is formed by filing corporate organization forms in the state where the corporation is located. In the state of Maine, the name of your corporation does not require anything attached to it. Any name available can be reserved at a $20 fee for 120 days. In Maine, the maximum number of authorized shares for the minimum organizational fee is $100,000 of par value shares or 3,000 no-par shares. The only required document to be submitted to the Secretary of State is the Articles of Incorporation, along with a filing fee of $145.
Foreign: If you choose to file for a foreign corporation in Maine, you are subject to the following guidelines. The name of the foreign corporation does not require any specific words. To be submitted to the Secretary of State is one executed copy of the "Application of Foreign Corporation for Authority to Do Business," one executed copy of "Acceptance of Appointment as Registered Agent," and a certificate of good standing received from the proper officer, dated no more than 90 days of filing is required. Filing fees total $250.
Registering a LLC
Domestic: An LLC is formed by one or more business persons, referred to as "members," who must file Articles of Organization with the Secretary of State of the state in which they wish to conduct their business. In Maine, the name of an LLC must contain the words "Limited Liability Company," "LLC," or "L.L.C." This name can be reserved for 120 days for a fee of $20. An executed copy of the Articles of Organization should be submitted to the Secretary of State with a filing fee of $175.
Foreign: The filing procedure for a foreign LLC in the state of Maine is the same as for a domestic LLC with differences in its submission requirements. One executed copy of the "Application of Authority to Do Business," and one executed copy of the "Acceptance of Appointment as Registered Agent" should be submitted to the Maine Secretary of State. In addition, a certificate of good standing received from the proper officer, dated no more than 90 days of filing is required. Filing fees total $250.