5 Reasons Why You Might Want A Registered Agent When Starting a Business (Pros and Cons)

Welcome back to the blog!

This post is part of a series about creating a business and we are talking about Register Agents as it relates to business formation. A registered agent is required in order to form a LLC.

Check out the steps I took to form my business!

A registered agent is a person who will receive legal and other documents on behalf of your business, such as subpoenas, regulatory and tax notices, and correspondence. In many states, lawsuits must be served in person.

You can list yourself as a registered agent but you can also hire one. I used Zen Business to be my register agent for my business. They also created my business (filed and got my EIN for me). If you’re interested in how I feel about them check out this post here.

There are other companies like Legal Zoom, Inc. File, etc. that also create your business and can act as your registered agent.

PROS

Reasons you may not want to be your own register agent if you want:

  1. Time – Maybe you don’t have the time to do the paperwork, maybe you just want help creating your business, maybe you just want to outsource
  2. Privacy – your personal address will be listed on the public record
  3. Flexibility – you have to be there during normal business hours to accept the mail in person
  4. Discretion – if you are sued, you may be served in front of your colleges, employees if you have any
  5. Peace of mind – your register agent will help you stay on top of compliance for your business and can help you form your business entirely.

CONS

I don’t really have a con – i’m biased. But the costs for a registered agent services start at around $50/year and up. You may not have the funds right now to outsource a registered agent. You can be your own if you meet your state’s requirements. For GA:

  1. 18 and older
  2. have a phial address in ga
  3. always available during standard business hours

Catch you in the next one!

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