National Registered Agents, Inc. (NRAI) provides registered agent services for a wide range of businesses in the State of Pennsylvania. State laws require companies to designate registered agents who can receive Service of Process for the company - this is the procedure the government uses to serve companies with official notices or documents, for example, a summons or a lawsuit. The registered agent is responsible for receiving service of process and forwarding the correspondence to the company the agent represents.
Companies may hire professional third party providers such as NRAI to handle their service of process duties. This allows busy managers to focus on their business while a trusted designee takes care of the paperwork with the state to help the company maintain full regulatory compliance. NRAI also offers registered office services, which is also a commercial requirement of every U.S. state. A registered office is a location chosen by the company where service of process is to be delivered. This address may be, but does not need to be, the same as the company’s regular office where its daily business operations take place.
If you sign on as a client of NRAI, we can also offer your company other professional services and tools to assist you in managing your business. These features include a document library with official state forms and applications from every jurisdiction nationwide, as well as a our Company Guard® service, which e-mails notifications and updates to our clients about upcoming filing dates.
To set up a personalized consultation with one of our customer service specialists, call us now at (800) 520-6724. Our representatives can help you understand what NRAI can do for your company. You can also fill out our quick quote form at our official website: www.registeredagent.com. After learning more about your company, we can propose a registered agent solution that matches your company’s individualized needs.
If you’ve already chosen a registered agent to represent your company, but are not satisfied with those services, you can make a quick switch to NRAI. Just provide our account representatives with the following details: the name of the parent entity, the complete name of each entity being changed, the state of incorporation/formation and jurisdiction to be changed, the name of your current registered agent, the date of incorporation, the date of adoption of the board of directors giving authorization for change of registered agent, the name and title of the authorized person(s) executing the documents, and the state and country where the execution of the documents will take place (either Pennsylvania or any of the other 49 states and jurisdictions in which we operate).
Corporations in Pennsylvania
A corporation is a business entity whose management structure consists of a board of directors. The board answers to the company shareholders - essentially the owners of the corporation - and is empowered to oversee corporate affairs and make decisions on behalf of the shareholders. The shareholders are not held personally responsible for any debts or liabilities the corporation may incur. If the corporate assets are insufficient to account for company debts, the shareholders, directors and officers of the corporation are protected from recovering those debts.
Forming a Domestic Corporation in Pennsylvania
The fee for reserving a new name for your corporation is $70 and allows you to reserve for up to 120 days. The name must contain at least one the following terms: “association,” “fund,” “syndicate,” “corporation,” “corp.,” “company,” “co.,” “incorporated,” “inc.,” “limited,” or “ltd.” To form a business in Pennsylvania, you will need to designate both a registered agent and registered office. File two executed copies of the Articles of Incorporation and one unsigned copy of the Docketing Statement (official form). The filing cost is $125; an additional $70 applies for expedited service. You are also required to publish a notice of incorporation in a local newspaper. Fees for publication depend on the newspaper you choose.
Registering a Foreign Corporation in Pennsylvania
Registering a foreign corporation in Pennsylvania is not unlike forming a domestic corporation. The process for selecting and reserving a name is the same as for domestic corporations. File one executed and one conformed copy of the Application for Certificate of Authority with the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, along with a one copy of a Docketing Statement. The filing cost is $250 and should be made payable to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State. As with domestic corporations, you are required to publish a notice of incorporation in a local newspaper. Fees for publication depend on the newspaper you choose.
Limited Liability Companies in Pennsylvania
A Limited Liability Company (LLC) is a business entity where the liability of its owners is limited. LLCs are similar to corporations in that they enjoy limitations in liability, but they also resemble partnerships because they do not require the formalities of managing a corporation.
Forming a Domestic Limited Liability Company in Pennsylvania
Forming a domestic LLC in the State of Pennsylvania requires appointing a registered agent and office. The name of the newly formed LLC must contain the words “company,” “limited,” “Limited Liability Company,” or any abbreviation of those terms. If your name is available, you may reserve it for a 120-day period for a fee of $70. You must also submit one executed original copy of the Certificate of Organization and one executed copy of the Docketing Statement. The filing fee is $125. Again, you may pay an additional $70 for expedited service.
Registering a Foreign Limited Liability Company in Pennsylvania
Registering a foreign LLC for business in Pennsylvania also requires assigning a registered agent and registered office. There is a $70 fee for reserving your business name for up to120 days. File one original and one conformed copy of the Application for Registration as Foreign LLC with the Secretary of State, along with one copy of a Docketing Statement. A $250 filing fee applies and should be made payable to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.