Each state requires that a resident (or registered) agent be identified and located in the state of incorporation and any states where business is conducted. The resident agent’s job is to accept service of process (i.e., notice of a lawsuit) and other official notices. Because lawsuits are served on the resident agent it is important to use a service that is professional, appreciates the importance of such notices and will be in business for the long-term. Corporate Direct, Inc. provides resident agent services for $125 per year (free to new entities in their state of formation for the first year).