An "agent for service of process" is a representative of a company who is designated to receive official documents from the government on behalf of the business. A service of process agent is responsible for forwarding the paperwork to the business, enabling its managers to take appropriate action promptly and responsibly, particularly in the event of a lawsuit.
Agents for service of process are also referred to in some states as "registered agents," "resident agents" or "statutory agents." A service of process agent may be an individual or a company. Typically, the only requirement is that the agent maintains a legal address where official documents, or "service of process," may be delivered. Service of process may include a variety of paperwork that relates to the company’s operations and legal standing, including tax files, annual reports, and notices of lawsuits or legal summons. Having a competent process agent who can handle these important documents is vital for maintaining good standing in a state and ensuring the long-term success of your business.
Businesses are recommended to hire an agent for service of process from a third party service provider. Hiring a professional process agent whose dedicated purpose is to handle your important papers offers many advantages. Commercial laws often vary from state to state. Professional agents are more likely to be well versed in the laws of your state government and to follow changes in legislation, which helps ensure that you meet your filing deadlines, avoid late penalties, and remain fully compliant with all legal obligations.
National Registered Agents, Inc., (NRAI) is a trusted provider of professional agent for service of process. We serve businesses of all kinds, large or small, and in any of the 50 states. Call us today at (800) 520-6724 for a consultation with one of our customer service specialists or use our quick quote form.