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More About Your Washington Registered Agent

Let’s talk a little bit about getting a registered agent in Washington.

Why are there resident agents in the first place?

Long ago, you just fought dragons and paid tribute to the lord of the land. Gradually, economies changed, new company structures like corporations and limited liability companies emerged. These various company structures were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Business entities are furnished stature that is disconnected from the person or persons who put them together. Unfortunately, it didn’t take very much time for owners to work out that they could evade litigation by personally steering clear of process servers. So, to tighten up that loophole, most Secretaries of State compel business owners to appoint a “registered agent.”

In a nutshell, who can act as a registered agent?

Your Washington statutory agent needs to be a company or individual who is a legal resident of the state. A registered agent ought to be present to accept legal documents during standard business hours. Registered agents in Washington have to furnish a lawful, business address within the state of Washington.

What kind of benefits come from having a registered agent?

Businesses in Washington benefit in several ways by designating a resident agent. Most importantly, designating a statutory agent keeps your business in compliance with Washington state code. Having as your registered agent, anytime you get any service of process, legal notice, annual report notification or letter – we accept those for you. In minutes, we’re uploading your documents into your online account. You’ll get an instant notification of any paperwork we scan into your registered agent account. Additionally, we also keep an eye on your Washington annual report due dates and send you reminders with how-to links so you can complete your paperwork ahead of schedule with the State of Washington.

Can I get in trouble if I don’t have or fail to maintain a registered agent for my company?

Yes, there can be consequences for failing to maintain your Washington registered agent. Fees may or may not be assessed. Washington may revoke your corporate or LLC legal status if you fail to maintain your registered agent in Washington.