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What is a Delaware Registered Agent?
Registered Agents for Delaware CorporationRegistered Agents for Delaware LLCBy Sandy Roberts
The Registered Agent you appoint for your company, will receive legal service and government notices on your behalf. The Articles of Incorporation or Organization for both domestic and foreign entities, ask for the address of the registered office to receive service of process. The Service of Process is a notice of a summons or a lawsuit.
Owners of Corporations and LLCs can serve as their own Registered Agent. There are some disadvantages of being your own Registered Agent however. As the agent, you must be open five days a week during normal business hours Monday through Friday. This may prevent you from traveling and missing important deliveries. Some states charge hefty fees for changing the Registered Agent office as well.
The state of Delaware requires Delaware LLCs and Delaware Corporations registered in the state to conduct business, to have Delaware Registered Agent service. Delaware Registered Agents can be a person or entity, named in the Articles of Incorporation or Articles of Organization, who will accept legal documents and notifications on behalf of a Delaware company. The Registered Agent must be located in the state and have normal business hours. The agent must have a physical street address. The Delaware Registered Agent will receive all legal and tax-related documents, service of process, and annual reports from some states. Failure to retain a registered agent can result in civil sanctions such as fines or loss of Corporation/LLC.
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