A Louisiana Registered Agent is a crucial partner for your business, providing legal compliance and peace of mind – learn more about their role now!
Before you can form a limited liability company (LLC) in Louisiana, you need to appoint an official point of contact so that the state and others can get in touch with your business. That person (or company) is called a registered agent. In this article, we’ll tell you what the registered agent is, their duties, and the requirements to be one.
A registered agent is an individual or company designated by the business entity to receive important legal documents on behalf of the company.
Louisiana’s registered agent requirements are outlined in the Louisiana Revised Statutes, Title 12, Section 1308. It states that every LLC must appoint and maintain both a registered agent and a registered office in the state. The primary responsibility for a registered agent is to receive service of process on behalf of the entity. This position is imperative because it helps ensure that the appropriate people within an LLC are notified in the event of time-sensitive events, such as service of process for lawsuits, garnishment notices against employees, a notice of annual reports, or tax notices.
LLCs are one of Louisiana’s most popular business structures because they provide limited liability protection, operational flexibility, and pass-through taxation. For an in-depth explanation of how the LLC structure might be the right fit for your business, check out our comprehensive article.
Louisiana’s registered agent laws are different from most other states. The state requires the appointment of at least one registered agent who must be one of the following:
An LLC must name at least two individuals to act as agent of the LLC for service of process at its address in the state, and file a certificate affirming this with the Secretary of State.
Being your own registered agent is a burden many LLC owners would rather not deal with, so they often turn to a registered agent service. Below are some of the reasons to consider hiring a service to act as a registered agent instead of doing it yourself.
Disclaimer: The content on this page is for information purposes only and does not constitute legal, tax, or accounting advice. If you have specific questions about any of these topics, seek the counsel of a licensed professional.
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