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Services in all 50 states for $135 per year.
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We will alert you in a timely manner about all documents and service of process received by us.
We can track your annual report due dates, relieving your staff of the burden.
To elect REI as your Registered Agent Service provider, please submit a request by selecting the button below. Our representative will contact you within 24 hours to confirm your information and the type of services required. If you need a Change of Agent for an existing business, REI will forward the necessary forms to you for signature and will absorb the filing fees to change your Registered Agent.
It gives you the freedom to let business (and vacation!) take you out of the office.
It provides a layer of privacy, protecting you from being served with a legal proceeding in front of customers, clients, vendors or neighbors.
It allows you freedom to change locations as your company grows, without filing costly changes of address with the state each time.
The Registered Agent serves a critical purpose and is an important part of protecting your corporate status and your company's future. It is important that small businesses select a highly reliable company to serve as their Registered Agent. Incorporation and LLC service companies often provide Registered Agent service as part of their formation package. Look for a company that maintains a nationwide network of offices and serves as a full time Registered Agent in all 50 states plus District of Columbia, so that they can service your company's needs as you grow.
A registered agent is a business or individual designated to receive service of process (SOP) when a business entity is a party in a legal action such as a lawsuit or summons.
Most businesses in the United States are not individuals but instead business entities such as corporations or Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). This is because there are tremendous liability protections as well as tax advantages to being "incorporated" as opposed to being "self-employed".
Most jurisdictions in the United States require that any business entity that is formed retain and maintain a "Registered Agent". This is also known as the “Resident Agent” or "Statutory Agent" depending on the laws of the individual jurisdiction the business entity is registered in. The purpose of a Registered Agent is to provide a legal address (not a PO Box) where there are persons available during all normal business hours to facilitate legal service of process being served in the event of a legal action or lawsuit. Generally, the registered agent is also where the state government sends all official documents required each year for tax and legal purposes such as franchise tax notices and annual reports. Registered Agents generally will also notify business entities if their state government filing status is in "Good Standing" or not. The reason that these notifications are a desired function of a registered agent is that it is difficult for a business entity to keep track of legislative changes and report due dates for multiple jurisdictions given the disparate laws of different states.
Penalties for not maintaining a registered agent generally will cause a jurisdiction to revoke a business’s corporate or LLC legal status.
If a Registered Agent fails to perform their function, it can have dire consequences for the business entity. For example, if a customer fell inside a store and sued the store, and the store's registered agent failed to notify the business entity of a summons to appear in court to respond to the lawsuit, then when the case went to trial, nobody would appear to defend the store and the customer would win by a default judgment. Additionally, the store would likely not be able to get the judgment overturned on appeal because they had been properly served. This is why most businesses from "mom and pop" stores to major corporations generally will hire a legitimate commercial registered agent service company as their Registered Agent.
The person at the business entity that maintains contact with the registered agent is the corporate secretary or governance officer.