Even though a business owner can choose to be his/her own registered agent, there are a several compelling reasons why business owners, even the smallest ones, choose a registered agent service provider to assist with this important requirement.
Every business owner’s situation is unique, and not all of these reasons will apply to all businesses, but if more than one of the reasons below matches your particular situation, having a professional firm like us act as your registered agent may be the best choice for your business.
- You’re running your business from home. The address of a company’s registered agent is a matter of public record. That means anyone, including marketers, can access it. It is not uncommon for the registered agent to receive a significant amount of “junk mail” for the business. Using a registered agent service provider will reduce the amount of unsolicited mail your business receives.
- You prefer to maximize your time and attention on building your business. Compliance requirements can be both time- and labor-intensive, often requiring the completion of lengthy and sometimes confusing forms using information from various sources. Most business owners prefer to have an outside source deal with the stress of compliance so they can focus on building and running their business.
- You travel frequently or do not have a permanent workplace. If your business requires you to be out of your office frequently, for instance if you’re a real estate agent or an electrician who is making service calls all day, using a registered agent service provider ensures that important documents will still reach you and your business.
- You want to avoid the risk of non-compliance. Compliance matters are probably not your area of expertise. Our expertise is in compliance and we are intimately familiar with state regulations and deadlines. As your compliance partner, we will help you stay in compliance, avoid unnecessary state penalty fees, and maintain your company’s good standing in your state of formation.
- Your company does business in several states. When you register your company to transact business in states other than your state of formation (foreign qualification), you need a registered agent in each of those states. By using a registered agent service provider like us, one company is handling this important service for you in each state.
- To ensure private receipt of lawsuits and other legal documents. When a company is served with a Service of Process, it is often delivered by local law enforcement. Most business owners do not want police officers showing up in front of customers, employees, or neighbors, to serve them a notice stating that their company is being sued. Using a professional registered agent ensures you receive any Service of Process both promptly and privately.
- Your address is most likely to change. The address on record with the state for the registered agent must be current. Changing the address requires a formal state filing and often a fee to be paid to the state. When you use a registered agent service provider, you never have to worry about updating with the state the registered agent address for your business or the associated filing fees. Whether you move once or change your address frequently, you only have to notify your registered agent of your change of address.
- You don’t maintain normal business hours. The registered agent for a business must be available during normal business hours to accept important documents as they are delivered. If you set your own hours, you may wish to consider using a professional registered agent service provider, so that you never miss these important communications.
- You are incorporating in a state other than where your business is located. You are legally required to have a registered agent with a physical address in the state where your company is incorporated. If you formed a Delaware corporation or LLC, for instance, but your company is physically located in another state, you could use us as your registered agent in Delaware to satisfy this requirement.
- You use a Post Office Box as your business address. You cannot serve as the registered agent for your business if you have a P.O. Box or a private mailbox as your only address. The registered agent must have a physical address in the local state.