Registered Agent


Registered Agent

Meet your Registered Agent – Castle Law

A registered agent, also known as a resident agent or statutory agent, is an individual or entity designated to receive legal and official documents on behalf of a business entity, such as a corporation or limited liability company (LLC). The registered agent acts as a point of contact between the business and the state government.

Here are some key points about Registered Agents: 

·         Legal Requirements – Most states require business entities to have a registered agent as a condition of formation or qualification. This ensures that there is a reliable and accessible point of contact for the business within the jurisdiction. 

·         Address and Availability – The registered agent must have a physical address within the state where the business is formed or operates. The address cannot be a P.O. box and must be a location where legal documents can be personally delivered during regular business hours. The registered agent must be available during those hours to accept important documents. 

·         Service of Process – The primary responsibility of a registered agent is to receive service of process. This includes legal documents such as lawsuits, subpoenas, and other official notifications or notices. By designating a registered agent, the state ensures that there is a reliable party who can accept these documents on behalf of the business and guarantee that they are properly handled. 

·         Compliance and Correspondence – In addition to service of process, a registered agent may also receive other important correspondence from the state, such as tax notices, annual report reminders, and other legal and regulatory documents. They are responsible for promptly forwarding these documents to the appropriate individuals within the business. 

·         Privacy and Convenience – Having a registered agent allows a business to maintain a level of privacy, as the agent's address is listed on public record rather than the business owner or manager's personal address. It also ensures that important legal documents are delivered to a consistent and reliable location, avoiding the risk of missing or mishandling important notices. 

·         Change of Agent – Businesses may change their registered agent by filing the necessary documentation with the appropriate state agency. It's important to follow the specific procedures outlined by the state to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of service.


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It's critical that businesses in Illinois maintain an active and reliable registered agent to ensure they receive important legal and official documents in a timely manner, which is crucial for compliance and avoiding potential legal issues.