Every business situation is different, and not all of these reasons will apply to all businesses. But if only one of the reasons below matches your situation, having a professional registered agent may be the best choice for your corporation or LLC.
1. Avoid the risk of non-compliance. Compliance matters are not likely to be your area of expertise. Our expertise is in compliance and we are intimately familiar with state regulations and deadlines. As your compliance partner, Records Research will help you stay in compliance, avoid unnecessary state penalty fees, and maintain your company's good standing in the State of Nebraska.
2. Receipt of lawsuits and other legal documents. Process is sometimes served by local law enforcement. Most business owners do not want a police officer showing up in front of customers, employees, or neighbors (in the case of home-based businesses), to serve them notice that their company is being sued. If you use a professional registered agent, then the process server will go to the professional registered agent’s address (also called the registered office) instead of the business address or owner’s home.
3. Maintain privacy. The address of a company's registered agent is a matter of public record. This means anyone, including marketers, can access it. It is not uncommon for the registered agent to receive a significant amount of junk mail for the company. Using a registered agent service provider will reduce the amount of unsolicited mail sent directly to your business.
4. Normal business hours. The registered agent for a corporation or LLC must be available during normal business hours to receive important documents when they are delivered. If you set your own hours, you may wish to consider using a professional registered agent service provider, so that you don’t miss these important documents or communications.
5. Your business is located outside of the State of Nebraska but transacts business in Nebraska. When you register your company to transact business in states other than your state of formation (foreign qualification), you need a registered agent in each of those states.
6. You use a Post Office Box as your business address. If you use a PO Box or a private mailbox as your only address in a state, you cannot use that address as your registered office/registered agent’s address. That address must be a physical location. By appointing a professional registered agent, you will have a registered office that meets statutory requirements.
7. Your address is likely to change. The address on record with the state for the registered agent must be current. Changing the address requires a formal state filing and often a fee to be paid to the state. The states impose penalties for failing to update the registered agent’s address in a timely manner. Furthermore, a failure to update the address can lead to important, time-sensitive documents being delivered to the wrong address. You can solve this issue by appointing a professional registered agent since their address is the one on record.