A West Virginia Registered Agent plays a crucial role as your business's point of contact for legal matters, ensuring you stay informed and compliant; delve deeper into its significance for your company's success.
Having a registered agent is required by state law when forming a limited liability company (LLC) in West Virginia. Below we’ll explain what the registered agent is, what they do, and the requirements to be one.
There are six basic steps to starting your LLC in West Virginia. You’ll need to register with more than one state agency to meet all the law’s requirements. First, you’ll complete your registration with the West Virginia Secretary of State’s office. Then, you’ll need to apply to the Department of Tax and Revenue. You may need additional licenses and permits depending on your business activities and where your operations will take place.
West Virginia Code §31B-1-108 states that all LLCs authorized to do business in West Virginia need to continuously maintain in the state of West Virginia:
(1) An office, which need not be a place of its business in this state; and
(2) An agent and address of the agent for service of process on the company.
The registered agent must be an individual resident of this state, a domestic corporation, another limited liability company, or a foreign (out-of-state) corporation or foreign company authorized to do business in the state.
The registered agent needs to have a physical address in the state of West Virginia. This can be your home address, the address of an accountant or attorney, the address of the business, or registered agent service. P.O. boxes and mail drop services are not acceptable.
Maybe not. Although it may initially seem like the simplest and cheapest option is to be your own registered agent, there are some compelling reasons to instead use a registered agent service, such as:
You must name your registered agent when you complete the official paperwork with the state to form your LLC, so you need to decide who your registered agent or registered agent service will be before you begin that process. Of course, be sure to inform whomever you’re appointing and get their permission before appointing them.
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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