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About Your New Jersey Registered Agent

Let’s talk a little bit about registered agent service in New Jersey.

What is the reason for registered agents in the first place?

Back in the good old days, you just herded sheep and paid tribute to the lord of the land. Eventually, economies evolved, new business forms like corporations and limited liability companies emerged. These types of company structures were created to protect business owners from liabilities and provide tax advantages. Companies are afforded standing that is separated from the person or persons who put them together. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for people to figure out that they could evade legal actions by personally hiding from process servers. So, to get rid of that loophole, most Secretaries of State compel companies to appoint a “registered agent.”

Briefly, who can be a registered agent?

Your New Jersey statutory agent needs to be a company or individual who is a legal citizen of the state. They ought to be present to receive service of process during standard business hours. Registered agents in New Jersey have to provide a lawful, office address within the state of New Jersey.

What are the advantages of having an New Jersey registered agent?

New Jersey businesses benefit in numerous ways by designating a resident agent. Obviously, nominating a registered agent keeps your business in conformity to New Jersey state code. With as your registered agent, anytime you get any legal notification, service of process, letter or annual report notice – we accept those on your behalf. Momentarily, we’re scanning your files into your customer account. You’ll get an instant notification of any documents we scan into your client account. In addition, we also monitor your New Jersey annual report due dates and email you reminders with how-to links so you can submit your report before it’s due with the New Jersey Secretary of State.

What happens if I don’t have or fail to maintain a registered agent for my business?

Yes, there can be consequences for failing to maintain your New Jersey registered agent. Penalty fees may or may not be assessed. The New Jersey Secretary of State may revoke your LLC or corporate legal status if you don’t maintain your New Jersey registered agent.