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LLC Registered Agent

One of the basic requirements for the formation of every limited liability company is the designation of a registered agent. In some states, the role of the registered agent is called a resident agent or statutory agent, but although the term is different, the function is the same.

What is an LLC's registered agent?

A registered agent (or resident agent or statutory agent) is a person or company which the LLC designates in its formal filings with the state as a agent to receive certain types of notices and legal filings. The name and address of the registered agent are publicly available from the secretary of state (or equivalent office responsible for overseeing business entities in a state).

What is the role of the registered agent of the LLC?

The primary function of a registered agent is to provide a physical address (not just a post office box) where notices and legal documents may be delivered to the LLC.

What types of legal documents does the registered agent receive?

The documents served on the registered agent can include any type of document that requires a formal notice to the LLC. The two most common categories of legal documents delivered to registered agents are:

Who can serve as the LLC's registered agent?

The registered agent for an LLC may be an individual, such as a manager, member or employee of the LLC. However, it is more common (and often preferable) to designate a third party, such as the LLC's lawyer or one of the many registered agent services.

What happens if the LLC fails to name a registered agent?

Failure to maintain a registered agent generally will cause a jurisdiction to revoke an LLC's legal status. In some cases, a state may also assess additional penalties or fees on the LLC.

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This article was written by , a Chicago business attorney and frequent writer and speaker on limited liability companies. The site is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information which is presented here is intended to make limited liability companies easier to understand, but weighing the tax, liability and operations issues requires a thorough understanding of the applicable law and cases. Anyone contemplating forming a limited liability company is urged to obtain proper legal advice.