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About Your Rhode Island Registered Agent

Let me tell you about getting a registered agent in Rhode Island.

Why do we have resident agents in the first place?

Back in the good old days, you just herded sheep and paid tribute to the king. Gradually, economies changed, new company structures like corporations and limited liability companies emerged. These types of business entities were created to protect business owners from liabilities and provide tax advantages. Business entities are afforded status that is disconnected from the people who form them. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for owners to understand that they could evade legal actions by personally steering clear of servers of process. So, to get rid of that loophole, most Secretaries of State require companies to select a “registered agent.”

Sum it up for me, who can perform the duties of a registered agent?

Your Rhode Island statutory agent needs to be a company or person who is a lawful citizen of the state. A registered agent ought to be available to accept service of process during standard business hours. Registered agents in Rhode Island must provide a lawful, office address within the state.

What are the advantages of having a registered agent in Rhode Island?

Companies in Rhode Island benefit in several ways by designating a registered agent. Most importantly, designating a statutory agent keeps your business entity in compliance with state law. With as your registered agent, as soon as you are sent any legal notification, service of process, letter or annual report notice – we accept those for you. Within minutes, we’re scanning your documents into your online account. You’ll receive instant notification of any paperwork we upload into your client account. In addition, we also keep track of your Rhode Island filing due dates and send you reminders with how-to links so you can complete your paperwork ahead of schedule with the Rhode Island Secretary of State.

What if I don’t have or fail to maintain a registered agent in Rhode Island for my company?

Yes, there can be repercussions for failing to maintain your Rhode Island registered agent. Penalty fees may or may not be assessed. Rhode Island may revoke your LLC or corporate certificate of authority if you don’t maintain your Rhode Island registered agent.