A New Hampshire Registered Agent is crucial for your business's legal compliance – discover how appointing one can streamline operations and protect your company's standing.
One of the first things you’ll need to determine before filing your paperwork to form a limited liability company (LLC) in New Hampshire is who will serve as your registered agent. The state requires all LLCs to have one, but what is a registered agent? What are their duties, and what are the requirements one has to meet to be one?
A registered agent is an individual or company designated by the business to receive important legal documents on behalf of the company. This position is vital because it ensures that the correct people within an LLC are notified in the event of time-sensitive events such as service of process for lawsuits, notices of annual reports, and tax notifications.
According to New Hampshire statutes (NH Rev Stat § 304-C:36 ), each limited liability company must have and maintain in the state of New Hampshire a registered office that may be the same as any of its places of business (but must be a physical street address), and a registered agent, who may be:
There are definite disadvantages to serving as your own agent, which is why many LLC owners instead use a registered agent service. Here are some reasons to consider hiring a service to act as your registered agent:
You’ll need to name your registered agent when you complete the official paperwork with the state to form your LLC, so you’ll need to decide who your registered agent or registered agent service will be before you begin that process. Of course, you need to be sure to inform whomever you’re appointing and get their permission to serve in that role.
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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