What Is a Registered Agent?

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A registered agent is a person or agency that will help you keep your business out of legal trouble, and all 50 states require one in order to start a business.

“The biggest thing to ensure is that the registered agent you choose is legitimate,” says Natalie Bullen, a financial advisor and CEO of Unapologetic Wealth Management. “Every state is different regarding the requirements for a registered agent and what a registered agent can do. The responsibilities vary. You want to ensure you’re dealing with a legitimate business by checking them out on the Better Business Bureau to ensure they’ve got appropriate licenses for this type of work.”

Your two options are to either be your own registered agent or hire an agency or business that offers a professional registered agent service. Many virtual mailbox services, such as iPostal1, Anytime Mailbox, and others, also provide registered agent services. Choosing the best representation for your business is important, as your registered agent is publicly listed on your official documents filed with the Secretary of State.

Here’s what you need to know about the responsibilities of a registered agent, how to choose a registered agent for your business, and advice from business owners and financial professionals on what you need to consider.

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