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Why are there statutory agents in the first place?

Long ago, you just fought dragons and paid tribute to the king. Gradually, economies changed, new company structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These types of company structures were created to protect business owners from liabilities and provide tax advantages. Business entities are afforded standing that is disconnected from the individuals who start them. Sadly, it didn’t take very much time for people to work out that they could evade legal actions by personally hiding from servers of process. So, to get rid of that loophole, most Secretaries of State insist that business entities to appoint a “registered agent.”

Sum it up for me, who can be a registered agent?

Your South Dakota resident agent should be a company or person who is a legitimate citizen of the state. A registered agent must be present to receive service of process during standard business hours. Registered agents in South Dakota must provide a legal, physical address within the state of South Dakota.

What are the advantages of having a registered agent?

South Dakota businesses benefit in many ways by selecting a registered agent. First and foremost, nominating a registered agent keeps your business in compliance with South Dakota state code. Having as your South Dakota registered agent, anytime you get any legal notification, service of process, annual report notification or letter – we accept those in your place. Momentarily, we’re scanning your files into your customer account. You’ll get an instant notification of any paperwork we upload into your registered agent account. In addition, we also keep an eye on your South Dakota annual report due dates and send you reminders with how-to links so you can complete your paperwork on time with the South Dakota Secretary of State.

Tell me the top 5 things I should be looking for in a registered agent?

Solid Background: You want to appoint a registered agent who knows what they’re doing, who’s been acting as 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 need to know that they will live up to their responsibilities and be accessible during normal business hours to accept service of process and other legal paperwork.

Solid Character: Your registered agent must have a reputation for delivering legal documents and service of process in a reliable and timely manner. If they receive legal papers on your behalf and fail to deliver them to you, you could end up with a judgment against you in court and not even be aware that your company is involved in a lawsuit.

Customer Relations: Let’s say you need to clarify or have a question about some aspect of your business as it relates to the State of South Dakota. You don’t want to discuss it with someone 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 commercial registered agent service in South Dakota.

Additional Services: In addition to basic registered agent service (by receiving your legal papers), check to see if your registered agent offers additional services like: Customized paperwork for state filings, email reminders for important filing dates and deadlines, any other tools that will keep your company in compliance with State law.