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Registered Agent Q&A Part Two: How to Pick a Registered Agent Provider?

Published on Sep 17, 2009

Summary

Now that you know you need a registered agent provider, what should you look for in a "good" one? Our Q&A helps answer that exact question.
registered agent providerSo you've done your research, read our previous post, and realize you do need a registered agent provider. Now that you know you need one, what should you look for in a "good" one? Our little Q&A below should help you answer that exact question. Q.) Ok, so maybe I do need one, how do I choose a registered agent? A.) Since you will be paying an annual fee to use a provider, look for professional and prompt handling of Service of Process. Also look for a firm that is authorized in every state, which is beneficial as you company grows, or if you ever relocate to another state. Look for additional value for your money, a good registered agent provider should also provide compliance assistance, such as helping you gain access to an annual report filing service, or other forms necessary to meet internal compliance obligations. If you are changing your registered agent, look for one that will file necessary change of registered agent forms on your behalf. Some will actually cover state filing fees if you are going to switch to them as your new agent. Also look for convenient account access – As a business owner, your time is precious. Look for a registered agent provider that will allow you to access your account and important information online, when it is convenient for you, not them.