When you choose which state to form your LLC in, you may decide that you want to organize in a state other than the one where your business is located. Some states offer great benefits, such as no income tax. But if you decide that you want to incorporate in another state, you will have to have a registered agent.

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A registered agent serves as your legal service representative in that state. In other words, if someone sues you, the agent in that state is the one who will receive the summons. Each state has its own requirements for legally registered LLC agents. In some cases, the agent may have to be lawyer or a CPA if he is not an actual member of your business. But in some states, like Delaware, the agent just has to be a legal resident of Delaware and able to run a business in the state during regular business hours.

All states do require physical addresses. Service of process cannot be completed through a post office box. Many states refer to an acceptable address as a street address. Most of the time, the agent must be available during all regular business hours to receive service of process.

When you are considering your LLC registered agent, look in particular to the agent's organization and notification skills. Some businesses work only as registered agents for various corporations and LLCs. Always make sure that the service you choose has a good reputation and no customer reviews complaining about untimely delivery. When you're served through your agent, the court considers you properly served. This means that you could be found liable through default judgment, even if you've never heard about the case. Default judgments cannot be appealed because of an ineffective or incompetent registered agent, so make your choice carefully.

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Get Started Get your own Registered Agent Answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.