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Five Reasons Why Not to be Your Own Registered Agent
Published on Jun 1, 2012
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By Brooke Miller Hall
When you incorporate your business and/or register to transact business in another state (also called foreign qualification), you need a registered agent. The registered agent is responsible for important legal and tax documents such as:
Service of Process—sometimes called Notice of Litigation—which initiates a lawsuit
Important state mail, such as annual reports or statements
Tax documents sent by the state’s department of taxation
It could be tempting to take on this role for yourself. But think twice before making that decision and consider these five reasons to use a professional, third-party such as BizFilings.
The registered agent must have a physical address (not a post office box) in the state of incorporation or qualification. If you don’t have a physical address in that state or if you do business in multiple states, you should use a third-party.
You can’t act as the registered agent for your business if you only have a post office box or a private mailbox.
The registered agent must be available at the business’ physical address during normal business hours. If you work odd hours or you’re on the road a lot, this could cause a problem.
Service of Process is the document that initiates a lawsuit. Failing to respond in a timely manner can result in default judgment against your company, meaning that a judge can award the full damages sought to the plaintiff. BizFilings ensures you receive any Service of Process quickly and discreetly.
The registered agent address is a matter of public record. That means anyone, including marketers, can access it – which also means a lot of junk mail. You won’t receive these unsolicited mailings if you have BizFilings as your registered agent.