Registered Agents: What They Are and Why You Need Them

If you are incorporating in Florida, you must, by law, choose a registered agent for your corporation.  The name of this person must be included in your corporation’s articles of incorporation.  The importance of an agent cannot be understated.  The purpose of the agent is to receive legal documents on your corporation’s behalf.  If your company cannot be served, you can lose by default.  Having a registered agent ensures you have somebody who can receive legal documents on behalf of your company at all times.  The registered agent is registered in the state of the company, and can receive service of process notices, correspondence from the Secretary of State, and other official government notifications.  Therefore, having a registered agent is crucial to the smooth operation of a company.

Almost anybody can serve as a registered agent for a company.  This includes yourself as the business proprietor.  However, it is advisable to have a third party serve as a registered agent.  By having a third party serve as your registered agent, you can have the peace of mind knowing that somebody is always available to receive important documentation on the part of your company. By appointing a third party as your registered agent, it gives you the freedom to go about your business or personal life without worrying about your company defaulting on any key issues.

There are other formal, and informal, benefits of having a registered agent.  Aside from a flexible schedule, you can have flexibility with regards to how to conduct business and where to conduct business.  Further, you have somebody trustworthy behind the scenes accepting the documents for you, and ensuring they go to the right hands. Further, having a registered agent can ensure you stay out of trouble with the state.  For example, a corporation in Florida is required to have a registered agent.  Without a registered agent, the corporation may face fines or have their corporate status revoked.  The benefits of having a registered agent are limitless.

In sum, whether or not you are required to, having a registered agent on behalf of your company can only be in your benefit.  Further, you want to choose a trustworthy person to accept documents on behalf of your company.  The Trembly Law Firm has served and continues to serve as a registered agent for all business types for years.  Call the Trembly Law Firm at (305) 431-5678 today to schedule your consultation, and find out the benefits of having an established legal team serve as your registered agent.