Every Virginia corporation, LLC, and registered limited liability partnership is required to maintain a Virginia registered agent and registered office.
If you are a resident of Virginia and are an officer or director of a corporation, a member of an LLC, or a partner in a registered limited liability partnership then you can serve as your own registered agent.
But what about the case where none of the officers/directors/members/partners are residents of Virginia? Or where they do not wish to serve as registered agent?
There are two other options available. Your registered agent may also be either:
- A company registered with the Virginia Corporation Commission form for the purpose of offering registered agent services; or
- A member of the Virginia State Bar Association
But what does a registered agent actually do? Here is what the Virginia State Corporation Commission has to say on the topic:
“The sole statutory duty of the registered agent is to forward to the business entity at its last known address any process, notice or demand that is served on the registered agent.”
Why is this duty so important? Because if you are served with a lawsuit you have a limited time in which to respond. Failure to do so can lead to a default judgment which cannot be appealed. Making sure that you receive any service of process in a timely manner is critical to the success of your business.
I will be happy to serve as your registered agent for a flat fee of $100 per year plus postage expenses.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs. Consultations are always free of charge.