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About Your Registered Agent in Rhode Island

Here’s the low-down about why you need a registered agent in Rhode Island.

Why are there resident agents in the first place?

Long ago, you just herded sheep and paid tribute to the lord of the land. Eventually, economies changed, new company structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These types of business entities were created to provide tax advantages and protect business owners from liabilities. Entities are afforded standing that is separated from the person or persons who start them. Unfortunately, it didn’t take very much time for owners to understand that they could avoid litigation by personally hiding out from servers of process. So, to tighten up that loophole, most jurisdictions require business owners to select a “registered agent.”

What are the requirements or restrictions I should know about my resident agent?

There are few restrictions regarding who can be a registered agent here. In particular, the entity or person acting as your registered agent needs to be available and located at an official street address within Rhode Island during normal business hours. Your Registered Agent will be responsible to receive all tax-related and legal documents, annual report forms, litigation (service of process) documents, etc., on your behalf. It is important that you choose a solid company, like when choosing your Rhode Island registered agent.

How does having a registered agent assist my business?

Most importantly, having our registered agent service keeps your business in compliance with Rhode Island state law. On top of that, we receive and scan any legal notice, service of process, letter, or annual report received into your client account locally right here in Rhode Island. You receive instant notification of any paperwork scanned into your Rhode Island resident agent online account.

As an additional Rhode Island registered agent service, we also keep track of your State annual report due date and forward you reminders with do-it-yourself links to submit your report before your due date with the Secretary of State.

Describe the duties of a typical registered agent in Rhode Island?

A resident agent in the State of Rhode Island furnishes a legal address where a person is available during standard business hours. The registered agent is responsible to accept delivery of legal documents and service of process on behalf of your business and then deliver this paperwork on to you. In addition, your registered agent will remind you about important filing due dates like annual report forms and other renewals. Your agent can also check to verify your company is in conformance with the state.