What is a Registered Agent? And Why Do I Need One?

Every corporation, LLC, or Limited Partnership must have a registered agent (also known as a “resident agent,” “statutory agent” or “agent of process”) in their state of formation, and in any state the company qualifies to do business in. The registered agent ensures you receive all important legal documents such as service of process (meaning a notice of a lawsuit) and official governmental notices. This is a critical service as it can determine if you win or loose a lawsuit.

How Do Registered Agents Protect Me and My LLC or Corporation?

You want to get notice if you’ve been sued. If you use a discount or poor quality resident agent service, they may not notify you that there’s a lawsuit against you in a timely fashion or at all. If you use your own personal address as the registered agent address and you’re not home, you may not get notice of this lawsuit. Also, if you don’t set up a registered agent, you could be in violation of the law in many states.

After you are served, you have 30 days to file a typed response with the Court, counting holidays and weekends. In some cases, it may be as few as 20 days. You may wish to hire an attorney to file a typed response with the Court and perhaps begin preparing your defense. If you don’t file a response within this time frame, the person suing you can file a form called “Request for Default,” the Court can enter a judgment against you and the plaintiff will automatically win the case. This can mean getting money from you by garnishing your paycheck or putting a lien on your house or car. A judgment against you can also show up on your credit report. This can make it hard to get a credit card or a loan.

Not receiving notice, can cost you a significant amount of money. Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to this, when it could so easily be prevented.

49% of Business Owners & Investors Lose This Lawsuit

Having a registered agent is one step that is required to have a “corporate veil” of protection that protects you from being held personally responsible for lawsuits and claims against your organization. This is called having an intact corporate veil that is ensure by following corporate formalities or legal requirements that ensure you are conducting your business or investments as a legitimate business entity (LLC or Corporation).

Shockingly, 49% of business and real estate ventures are losing one of the most common legal attacks because they fail to protect against court decisions that pierce the veil. This means business and real estate venture owners are being held personally liable for lawsuits against their corporation, LP or LLC, and are vulnerable to losing their possessions.

To ensure that you are immune to this legal threat, there are three steps we recommend. Having a dedicated registered agent service that will receive your legal notifications during business hours is step 1. The two other steps are detailed here.

Registered Agent Service Available in All 50 States

Get a registered agent to cover this legal requirement and ensure you receive all important legal documents such as notice of a lawsuit and official governmental notices. Service for all 50 states is available. Sign up now for Registered Agent Service for $125 a year below. Get a year of Registered Agent Service for free if you sign up today for three years, or form a new entity with us.

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Buy 3 years of registered agent service and receive a free year – that’s 4 years for the price of 3! You’ll pay $375 for a value of $500! Who doesn’t appreciate a savings of $125?
We’ll cover any fees required to change your registered agent,* which can cost up to $60 depending on the state. (*Excludes Pennsylvania foreign registered entities – please call for quote. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Fee quoted is for one entity in one state.)

If you form a new entity with Corporate Direct, your first year of registered agent service is free – so imagine signing up for the 4 FOR 3 offer and receiving 5 YEARS of registered agent representation for the price of 3.

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  • A Corporate Direct Incorporating Specialist will be assigned to your account.
  • Corporate Direct has a Better Business Bureau A+ rating.
  • Receive prompt, professional notification service for legal documents by email, fax or regular mail.
  • Get the best customer service in the industry.
  • Switch to us, and receive $100 off incorporating your next entity.
  • Get a free year of Registered Agent Service if you incorporate a new business with us.
  • We’ve helped over 10,000 clients in our 27 years.

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Corporate Direct’s regular annual fee for registered agent service is $125 and the Change of Registered Agent Filing Fee can be up to $60, depending on the state.

That doesn’t even include the cost savings of switching to Corporate Direct. Some other companies sell Registered Agent Services at $289 year. At that price, you’ll be saving money every year.

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What is a Registered Agent?

Every corporation, LLC, or Limited Partnership must have a registered agent (also known as a “resident agent,” “statutory agent” or “agent of process”) in their state of formation and in any state the company qualifies to do business in. The registered agent ensures you receive all important legal documents such as service of process (meaning a notice of a lawsuit) and official governmental notices.

Fast, International Service — Be Notified by Email or Mail

In the case of a lawsuit, it is important to be notified as soon as possible since most states only allow you 30 days to answer the complaint. Without an answer, you will typically lose the case. It is important to deal with a professional, established company who will get notices to you promptly. We have been providing this critical service service for 27 years and helped more than 10,000 clients (see testimonials). For our globe trotting clients, we can email the important notifications to you, instead of waiting for the mail to catch up with you.

We also have discounted pricing when you purchase multiple years up front. Let us help you with this important corporate requirement. For more information call 1-800-600-1760, fill out the form on this page or email info@corporatedirect.com.

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How Our Registered Agents Notify You

Official (county, state, federal) mail is forwarded to you at no charge when Corporate Direct is appointed as your registered agent.

Whether it is official mail or business correspondence, you may select to have your mail forwarded by regular postal mail, or we can scan and email non-sensitive mail to you. Due to postal delays, our international clients appreciate having their correspondence emailed to them. Some clients even choose to provide Corporate Direct with their FedEx account number to have mail expedited.

Our friendly staff is always willing to help if you are traveling and require special mail handling, like a mail hold or a temporary forwarding address.

Don’t Settle for Low Quality Registered Agent Service

We’ve been in business for 27 years and helped more than 10,000 clients. Some mom-and-pop registered agent service companies may go out of business, and not let their clients know, resulting in the loss of important legal documents and notifications. Or they may be slow to alert their clients of important documents and served papers. With lawyers on staff, Corporate Direct knows the importance of getting notice immediately, and will communicate with you as soon as we receive notification.

Additional Service: Address Service in NV, CA & WY

Corporate Direct also offers Address Service as an optional and additional service, which allows you use of a physical Nevada, Wyoming or California address for your entity’s business correspondence. Address Service allows you to:

  • Use the address on your business cards, checks, invoices, advertising, company website, stationery and letterhead.
  • Provide your banks, lenders, customers, vendors, etc. with Corporate Direct’s physical address so that mail arrives in our office, keeping your contact information confidential.
  • Weekly confidential mail forwarding.
  • You will not receive junk mail.

Please note: Magazines, catalogs and/or packages are not forwarded as part of this program. Forwarding packages that arrive in error at our address are subject to an additional package handling fee.

What Garrett Sutton’s Corporate Direct Stands For

The Corporate Direct team follows the tenants of our founder Garrett Sutton, a corporate attorney, asset protection expert and best selling author who has sold more than 850,000 books that guide entrepreneurs and investors. Garrett is also a member of the elite group of “Rich Dad Advisors” for bestselling author Robert Kiyosaki. We love enabling entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams through providing them with the knowledge and resources they need to be successful. That is why each time a client hires us to incorporate a new business we include the free book Bulletproof Your Corporation and we seek to make this website a resource.

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