ILLINOIS REGISTERED AGENT OFFICE
What is the reason for resident agents in the first place?
Long ago, you just fought dragons and paid your taxes to the lord of the land. Eventually, economies evolved, new business structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These various business structures were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Business entities are afforded stature that is separated from the individuals who put them together. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for people to understand that they could evade legal actions by personally steering clear of servers of process. So, to get rid of that loophole, most States insist that business owners to designate a “registered agent.”
In a nutshell, who can perform the duties of a registered agent?
Your Illinois resident agent should be a company or individual who is a legal citizen of Illinois. A registered agent must be on hand to receive legal documents during normal business hours. Registered agents in Illinois have to provide a lawful, office address within the state of Illinois.
What are the advantages of having a registered agent?
Illinois businesses benefit in numerous ways by designating a resident agent. First and foremost, designating a registered agent keeps your business entity in conformity to state law. With RegisteredAgentOffice.com as your registered agent, as soon as you get any service of process, legal notice, annual report notification or letter – we accept those for you. Momentarily, we’re scanning your documents into your client account. You’ll get an instant notification of any documents we scan into your client account. In addition, we also keep an eye on your Illinois filing deadlines and email you reminders with how-to links so you can send in your report on time with the State of Illinois.
What qualities should I be looking for in a registered agent?
Solid Background: You want to hire a registered agent who knows what they’re doing, who’s been performing the duties of a registered agent for a few years and has a solid track record.
Dependability: You have to be able to depend on your registered agent. You need to know that they will live up to their duties and be accessible during typical business hours to receive service of process and other legal paperwork.
Character: Your Illinois registered agent must have be known for forwarding service of process and legal paperwork in a reliable and timely manner. If they receive legal documents for you and don’t deliver them to you, your business could end up with a decision against you in court and not even know that your company is party to a lawsuit.
Consumer Relations: Let’s say you have a question about or you need to clarify some aspect of your company as it relates to the State. You don’t want to talk to a person reading off a script in a call center in India, you want to chat with a consumer service rep who actually knows a thing or two about business registered agent service in Illinois.
Additional Services: Besides basic registered agent service (by accepting your legal paperwork), make sure your registered agent offers additional services like: Customized documents for state filings, email reminders for important filing dates and deadlines, any other tools that will keep your business in good standing with the state.