The Importance of Having a Registered Agent and Address
The first and most important reason that your business needs a registered agent and registered address is that it is required by law. The state in which you choose to incorporate your business in will not approve the initial incorporation/ formation certificate without providing a valid registered agent and registered address.
The registered agent and address must be located in the state of incorporation or formation and must be a physical street address. The registered address cannot be a post office box. The primary responsibility of the registered agent and registered address is to accept all annual report and tax notices from the state and to accept any Service of Process on behalf of the company in the event of a lawsuit. The registered agent must be available during normal business hours Monday – Friday to accept any Service of Process on behalf of the company. If your corporation or LLC fails to maintain a registered agent and registered address, the state may declare the company void for noncompliance. If a corporation or LLC is declared void or noncompliant by the state, it may lose all of the liability protections provided as an incorporated entity.
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