Choosing a registered agent isn’t a choice that should be taken lightly. This designated person will represent your business for the next 1-5 years. Choosing Johnstun Law will deter unwanted guests from your business, protect your private information from public use, and ensure that all important documents will be in your hands in a timely manner. Take the headache out of owning a business with our affordable registered agent services.
A registered agent is appointed to represent your business. They are designated to receive service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and other government notifications, usually tax forms, and notice of lawsuits, on behalf of your corporation or LLC.
The state in which your business is registered needs to know that you have a contact person for your business within the state at all times. If you don’t have a physical location in the state in which your business is registered, you must select a registered agent to accept documents on your behalf. PO boxes are not acceptable addresses for registered agents.
It is sometimes possible to serve as your own registered agent. However, it is advisable to designate a third-party. Having a third-party registered agent can give you peace of mind that someone is always available to claim important information on your behalf. You won’t have to worry when leaving the office, going on vacation, or getting items delivered, that you will not be available.
Requirements for registered agents include being an adult, or authorized business, that is available during normal business hours at a street address in the state in which the business is formed or foreign qualified. Many businesses choose a third party, like Johnstun Law, to serve as their registered agent for privacy and convenience reasons.
If you don’t select a registered agent you may risk falling out of good standing with the state in which you registered your business. Penalties for falling out of good standing can include: license revocation, fines, and inability to enter into legal contracts, or gain access to the state court system. Reinstatement proceedings could cost you additional money and possible criminal sanctions.
Besides peace of mind, a registered agent means that you won’t have to accept embarrassing legal and tax documents in front of clients. Your registered agent’s address will remain the same, meaning that you can easily change your business location without having to file additional paperwork to change your address.
All three terms may be used interchangeably and serve the same function.
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I had a great experience with Aaron Johnstun and his colleagues, they were very proactive fulfilling my needs and very competent in working through all the twists and turns that were part of my case.
I will certainly be using them again in the future.
Both as a new business owner almost 5 years ago, and as one with more experience, Aaron has shown his expertise in business law. Mr. Johnstun helped my business complete an acquisition of another business. He was very eager to help us understand all that would be involved in said acquisition. I want to be able to focus my time and energy into my business and what we’re good at, not in trying to understand legal jargon. We truly appreciate Aaron’s efforts in making this deal happen, as well as helping us to create essential documents like terms and conditions and employment contracts. I would definitely recommend him.
When I had just started my business, I hired Aaron to help me with a dispute with a client that refused to pay. I’ve been very impressed with Aaron’s expertise and high level of professionalism when it comes to business law, and over the past several years have in turn referred many of my own clients to him that are seeking trademarks or needing help setting their business up properly.
Mr. Johnstun has advised me over several business matters over the past six years and I’m always impressed with his attention to details and knowledge of additional points that factor heavily in the matter. He has resolved a very complex matter for my father so referring him to family speaks of my trust and confidence in Mr. Johnstun.