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More About Your Florida Registered Agent

Let me tell you about why you need a registered agent in Florida.

Define a registered agent?

A registered agent, also known as a resident agent, is a business located in Florida who is responsible for receiving legal service of process for your business. Your registered agent must be available and present during normal business hours.

What are the restrictions or requirements I should know about my resident agent?

There are only a few restrictions concerning who can act as a registered agent in Florida. In particular, the entity or person acting as your resident agent must be available and located at an official street address within Florida during regular business hours. Your Registered Agent will be responsible to accept all legal and tax-related documents, annual report forms, litigation (service of process) documents, etc., for you. It is critical that you choose a reputable company, like when you’re choosing your registered agent.

How does my business benefit from having a registered agent?

Businesses in Florida benefit in numerous ways by designating a resident agent. Most importantly, choosing a statutory agent keeps your business entity in conformity to state law. With as your registered agent, as soon as you receive any service of process, legal notice, annual report notification or letter – we accept those in your place. Momentarily, we’re scanning your documents into your online account. You’ll get an instant notice of any documents we scan into your Florida registered agent account. In addition, we also keep track of your Florida filing due dates and email you reminders with how-to links so you can submit your paperwork before it’s due with the Florida Secretary of State.

What should I be looking for when selecting a registered agent?

Solid Background: You want to appoint a registered agent who is competent at what they’re doing, who’s been performing the duties of a registered agent for a few years and has a solid reputation.

Trustworthy: You have to be able to depend on your registered agent. You need to know that they will fulfill their responsibilities and be available during typical business hours to accept legal documents and service of process.

Solid Reputation: Your Florida registered agent must have be known for delivering service of process and legal paperwork in a reliable and timely manner. If they receive legal documents on your behalf and fail to deliver them to you, you could end up with a ruling against you in court and not even know that your business is involved in a lawsuit.

Customer Relations: What if you have a question about or you need to clarify some aspect of your business as it relates to the State. You don’t want to discuss it with a person reading off a script in a call center in India, you want to talk to a consumer service rep who actually knows a thing or two about commercial registered agent service in Florida.

Optional Services: Besides basic registered agent service (by accepting your legal papers), make sure your registered agent offers additional services like: Customized documents for your state filings, reminders for important filing dates and deadlines, any other tools that will keep your business in compliance with State law.