What is a Registered Agent?
The registered agent is often called the "hands" of the corporation or LLC. He or she is the person designated by the corporation or LLC to personally receive any lawsuit or other official communication on behalf of the entity. The Registered Agent may or may not be an owner, shareholder, officer, or Member of the corporation or LLC. It is very common for an entity to use their attorney as the agent for service of process. The Registered Agent’s address must be a street address in the state, and the agent must be located at that address. O.C.G.A. 14-2-501 (profit) or 14-3-501 (non-profit). A post office box or “mail drop” may not be used as the registered agent address.
I already have a registered agent; can I change the registered agent of my corporation?
The name of the registered agent and/or the registered office of a corporation can be changed by making an election for a new Registered Agent while completing and filing an annual registration with the State.
What are the benefits of a LegalCreation Attorney as your registered agent?
Privacy, Security, and Proper Response: Service of Process (sometimes called notice of litigation), is the document that initiates a lawsuit. If the defendant in a lawsuit is a Corporation, the Registered Agent of the Corporation is served with a copy of the complaint and summons. The United States Supreme Court has held that proper service is a Constitutional Due Process requirement. Proper handling of and timely response to these documents is vital. Although LegalCreation can not respond to the suit without your consent and consultation, we will make every reasonable effort to insure you receive the documents promptly. This means you will receive a copy of the documents immediately sent to the Email you provide for our records. Additionally, the registered agent often receives mail and tax documents from the state on behalf of business. Timely handling of these documents is also important as states typical impose deadlines and penalties for failure to timely respond to certain documents. LegalCreation only charges $150.00 per year to act as the Registered Agent for Corporations and Limited Liability Companies.