PENNSYLVANIA REGISTERED AGENT OFFICE
Why do we have statutory agents in the first place?
Back in the good old days, you just fought dragons and paid tribute to the lord of the land. Eventually, economies changed, new business forms like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These types of business structures were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Entities are afforded status that is independent from the person or persons who form them. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for people to figure out that they could dodge business lawsuits by personally hiding from process servers. So, to close that loophole, most jurisdictions insist that business entities to appoint a “registered agent.”
What are the requirements or restrictions I should know about my resident agent?
There are not many restrictions about who can be a registered agent here. In particular, the person or entity acting as your registered agent must be located and available at an official street address within Pennsylvania during normal business hours. They will be responsible to receive all legal and tax-related documents, annual report forms, litigation (service of process) documents, etc., on your behalf. It is important that you appoint a reliable company, like RegisteredAgentOffice.com when choosing your registered agent.
How can having a registered agent benefit my company?
First and foremost, appointing a registered agent keeps your business in conformity to state law. On top of that, we receive and scan any service of process, legal notice, annual report, or letter received into your online account locally right here in Pennsylvania. You receive instantaneous notice of any paperwork scanned into your Pennsylvania resident agent online account.
As an added Pennsylvania registered agent service, we also keep track of your State annual report due date and email you prompts with how-to links to submit your paperwork before your due date with Pennsylvania.
Tell me the top 5 things I should be looking for when selecting a registered agent?
Solid Background: You want to choose a registered agent who is competent at what they’re doing, who’s been performing the duties of a registered agent for several years and has a solid track record.
Reliability: You need to be able to depend on your registered agent. You should be able to trust that they will fulfill their responsibilities and be accessible during typical business hours to accept legal documents and service of process.
Solid Character: Your Pennsylvania registered agent must have be known for delivering service of process and legal paperwork in a timely and reliable manner. If they accept legal papers on your behalf and don’t deliver them to you, your business could wind up with a ruling against you in court and not even know that your company is party to a lawsuit.
Consumer Relations: Just imagine you have a question about or you need to clarify some aspect of your business as it relates to the State of Pennsylvania. You don’t want to talk to someone reading off a script in a call center in some foreign country, you want to chat with a customer service rep who actually knows a thing or two about business registered agent service.
Additional Services: Besides basic registered agent service (by accepting your legal paperwork), make sure your registered agent offers more services like: Customized paperwork for state filings, reminders for important filing dates and deadlines, any other tools that will keep your business in good standing with the state.