What is a Registered Agent?

A Registered Agent is a responsible third-party designated to act on your behalf in the state in which your business entity is legally established.  The Registered Agent maintains a physical address in the state and accepts important documents — such as service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State or other governmental, legal or tax notices — on behalf of your business entity.  If you don’t have a physical office in your registered state, you must select a Registered Agent.  However, even if you do have a physical office in your registered state, it is advisable to designate a third-party to receive important documents that would otherwise be sent to your place of business.  The Registered Agent charges an annual fee for their services.  Below are links to the lists of Registered Agents in Delaware and California:

Disclaimer: This article discusses general legal issues, but it does not constitute legal advice in any respect.  No reader should act or refrain from acting on the basis of any information presented herein without seeking the advice of counsel in the relevant jurisdiction.  Helen E. Quinn expressly disclaims all liability in respect of any actions taken or not taken based on any contents of this article.

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