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About Your Vermont Registered Agent

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

Why are there registered agents in the first place?

Back in the good old days, you just tended the farm and paid tribute to the lord of the land. Eventually, economies changed, new business structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These types of company structures were created to protect business owners from liabilities and provide tax advantages. Companies are given standing that is independent from the individuals who put them together. Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for people to understand that they could evade litigation by personally steering clear of servers of process. So, to tighten up that loophole, most jurisdictions compel business owners to select a “registered agent.”

Sum it up for me, who can perform the duties of a registered agent?

Your Vermont resident agent needs to be a company or person who is a legal resident of Vermont. They must be on hand to accept legal documents during normal business hours. Vermont registered agents have to furnish a lawful, physical address within Vermont.

What kind of benefits come from having an Vermont registered agent?

Businesses in Vermont benefit in many ways by appointing a registered agent. Most importantly, choosing a registered agent keeps your business in compliance with state law. With as your registered agent, as soon as you get any service of process, legal notice, annual report notification or letter – we accept those in your place. Within minutes, we’re scanning your documents into your client account. You’ll get an instant notification of any paperwork we scan into your Vermont registered agent account. In addition, we also keep track of your Vermont filing due dates and send you reminders with how-to links so you can send in your paperwork ahead of schedule with the Vermont Secretary of State.

What should I be looking for in a registered agent?

Solid Background: You want to hire a registered agent who is competent at what they’re doing, who’s been performing the duties of a registered agent for several years and has a solid reputation.

Reliability: You have to be able to depend on your registered agent. You should be able to trust that they will live up to their duties and be accessible during normal business hours to receive legal documents and service of process.

Reputation: Your Vermont registered agent must have be known for forwarding service of process and legal documents in a timely and reliable manner. If they receive legal documents on your behalf and fail to deliver them to you, your company could wind up with a decision against you in court without even knowing your company is party to a lawsuit.

Customer Relations: Just imagine you need to clarify or have a question about some aspect of your business as it relates to the State. You don’t want to talk to a person reading off a script in a call center in some foreign country, you want to chat with a customer service rep who actually knows a thing or two about commercial registered agent service.

Optional Services: In addition to basic registered agent service (by receiving your legal papers), make sure your registered agent offers more services like: Pre-populated paperwork for your state filings, reminders for important filing dates and deadlines, tools that will keep your company in compliance with State law.