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What happens to my business if I don't have a Registered Agent?Because a Registered Agent is required by law, failing to have one can cost your company its good standing in that state. This means you could lose the ability to secure loans and initiate lawsuits in your state of business. It might even endanger your limited liability protection.
What exactly will my Registered Agent do for my business?Your Registered Agent receives essential state mailings (annual reports, tax forms, etc.) and legal mandates (like lawsuits), promptly relaying them to the correct individuals within your business. Beyond alerting you to deadlines and court proceedings, our Registered Agents can also manage other documents for you at an incremental cost.
Why do I need a Registered Agent?All LLCs, S-Corporations, and C-Corporations must appoint a Registered Agent, also known as a Resident Agent or Statutory Agent.
Why do states require companies to have a Registered Agent?Almost every state requires you to designate a Registered Agent to serve as an official contact for your business. State agencies and courts send your company important compliance information and official correspondence through your Registered Agent. For most businesses, this correspondence consists of annual report and tax filing correspondence. Your Registered Agent is also responsible for receiving Service of Process and legal mandates for your company and promptly relaying them to the correct individuals within your business.
If I don't have a Registered Agent, can I still be sued?Not having a registered agent to accept service of process does not mean that the business cannot be sued. What it does mean is that the court can obtain jurisdiction in another manner, but the business may not have timely notice of the lawsuit and will not be able to mount a defense.
How do I appoint CT as my Registered Agent?You can easily appoint CT Corporation as your Registered Agent. The checkout process takes less than 10 minutes and you will immediately receive the agent address. Our compliance specialists are also available on the phone to answer your questions and assist with your registered agent needs.
Can you serve as your own registered agent?Although individuals can serve as a registered agent in some states, there are significant responsibilities. Failure to perform the duties of a Registered Agent successfully can have serious adverse consequences for the business. For example, the improper handling of a service of process may eventually result in a default judgment.
What is wage garnishment?If you have employees, this is the type of Service of Process you’re most likely to receive. Federal law allows federal agencies to garnish the wages of individuals, for child support, tax liens, student loans, and consumer debt. Employers can be penalized for failing to comply with wage garnishment orders. For this reason, it’s very important to ensure you have a professional registered agent handling your Service of Process. 7% of US employees have their wages garnished, and if you receive a garnishment and fail to take action in time, your business can be liable for the amount your employees owe.
What is Service of Process?
Service of Process is time-sensitive legal paperwork that gives your company official notice of a lawsuit. When an individual is sued it is easy to figure out who to give the legal papers to— that individual. But what about when it is a business entity such as a corporation, LLC, or LP? You cannot just go into a business and leave the papers with anyone who might work for the company. Service of Process can only be served on someone the rules and statutes say can be served. And, in general, that is only a responsible person who is likely to make sure those documents end up in the hands of someone who can file a timely legal response for the defendant.
In addition to receiving service of process in connection with a lawsuit against the business directly, the registered agent receives other mission-critical documents, such as:
- notice of garnishment proceedings against an employee
- litigation documents once the lawsuit is underway, including motions or requests to produce documents
- legal notices
- government correspondence, such as notices of annual report deadlines and tax notification other compliance-related documents
Although these documents might be very different, they all have one common element. Each one contains vital, time-sensitive information.