Responsibilities Of A Registered Agent
Every company operating within U.S. borders must have an official "registered agent", who is able to receive official correspondence from the state government, such as tax forms, along with "service of process" documents. Service of process is when legal documents such as a summons, complaints, subpoenas, writs and other court documents are delivered, or served, to the registered agent on behalf of your company.
Designating such an agent to represent your company is a decision every new business owner must make prior to filing the Articles of Incorporation (for corporations) or Articles of Organization (for limited liability companies). Registered agent service is required for every state in which you do business. The registered agent must have a physical location in each state. These agents are referred to in some states as "resident" or "statutory" agents. Registered agents can be either an individual or a company - the key requirement is that the agent maintains a physical address where he or she can be reached during normal business hours.
A responsible agent will promptly notify you about all documents received on your behalf, particularly those requiring your immediate response. These services, if mismanaged, could adversely impact your company’s good standing in the state as well as result in a default judgment against your company for not responding to a summons that was not handled properly by your registered agent.
A number of professional registered agent services exist to help businesses manage these important responsibilities. National Registered Agents, Inc., is a preeminent provider of registered agent services in the United States. Registered agents at NRAI perform a range of important functions to help you maintain full compliance with state laws while allowing you, the business owner, to focus on your work in managing the company. With a wide-reaching network of experienced lawyers and corporate service professionals across the country, NRAI offers its clients specialized knowledge and expertise about commercial laws and regulations for all 50 states. NRAI also has a successful track record of supporting companies of all sizes and formations.
Visit www.registeredagent.com or call (800)520-6724 to get a personalized consultation on how NRAI can meet the unique needs of your company.