Wondering exactly what the Legalzoom Registered Agent service is, is it right for your business and worth it? Legalzoom’s registered agent service is reviewed including an overview of the role, the need for a registered agent, plus my recommendations on which companies need an agent and which do not need a registered agent.
A registered agent is a company that you assign to receive your important legal documents in the regular mail on your behalf.
Advantages of Having a Registered Agent (RA)
- Avoid Fines – Many states require businesses to have a registered agent to receive court documents and other important notifications
- Prevents Oversights – The registered agent will be sure to receive the filings and both notify and advise you of the next legal actions you need to take to stay safe in within the law
- Privacy and Freedom – By hiring the services of a Registered Agent at a professional firm such as Legalzoom, you keep your business matters private from your nosy neighbors and will not be disturbed at home by being served court documents.
Legalzoom Registered Agent Services Includes:
- Notification and emailed copies of any court documents sent to your business
- Archive, scans, and ID of documents for safe recordkeeping
- Maintain Calendar of Compliance dates that important paperwork must be filed
- Email notification reminders of upcoming filing deadlines for state income tax and annual reports
- Attorney advice about legal matters from the Legalzoom network is available as an optional service
Who can be a Registered Agent?
The RA must be an adult or business authorized by you, the business owner, that is available during standard business hours at a street address in the state which your company was formed as a DBA, LLC or INC.
Some states use different terms for the same person and service. The names term resident agent, statutory agent, agent for service of process all function the same as the Registered Agent.
Can I be my Own Business Registered Agent?
Yes, you can be legally, but most business experts advise against it because this is such an important role. When you hire someone else to be responsible for receiving your legal and tax documents you will rest easy knowing that they will always be there to accept such important paperwork. No longer will you worry about missing a tax notice or being on vacation when the court served you papers.
Things Your Registered Agent can Receive for Your Business
- Court documents if you are served
- State tax notifications
- Secretary of State notices
- Annual Report notices
- Junk Mail – they will dispose of
- Office state correspondence