Businesses in Virginia are required to have a registered office and registered agent. Many business owners serve as the registered agent and use their home as the registered office. That may be a bad idea. You should consider using General Counsel, P.C.
Here are Six Reasons Why
The registered office is public information. Do you want a disgruntled customer showing up at your home? If you have a successful business, do you want potential thieves to know where you live? To protect yourself and your family, business owners should not personally serve as registered agent or use home as registered office.
#2. Privacy and Prevent Identify Theft
Do you want your name and address available to the public. Registered agents often receive hundreds of solicitations and other communications – including phishing attempts. Many companies “scrape” personal information from public websites and sell it or put it onto the web. If you want to protect your privacy and prevent identity theft, business owners should not personally serve as registered agent or use home as registered office.
#3. Confidentiality and Professionalism
Registered agents receive lawsuits and other legal documentation for companies. Do you want a process server or sheriff showing up at your home or business location? Would you want customers or employees to know that a lawsuit was filed against the company? Do you want lawsuit handed to receptionist or office manager? Or, even worse, would you want lawsuit documents misplaced and then a default judgment filed against company? These issues can be avoided by using General Counsel, P.C. as your business’ registered agent.
A registered agent not only needs a physical location (not P.O. Box), but they need to be available during regular business hours to accept service of process and official notices. What happens if the business owner moves, goes on vacation, or the business does not have regular hours? These issues can be avoided by using General Counsel, P.C. as your business’ registered agent.
#5. Experience and Expertise
Using General Counsel, P.C. as your registered agent helps to protect your business. Business owners should focus on running their business. Compliance and legal process should be handled by an experienced legal team. Registered agents receive documents that require satisfying state compliance or meeting strict court filing deadlines. Making a mistake or missing a deadline can have serious consequences for a business. To protect your business, you should have General Counsel, P.C. serve as your registered agent.
#6. Relationship with General Counsel, P.C.
Finally, by using General Counsel, P.C. as your registered agent, you will have a relationship with a law firm you can trust that can help your business. Whether it is a contract that needs to be reviewed, a demand letter, an employment matter, or some other legal issue, our team of attorneys can help you.
If you have questions about General Counsel, P.C. serving as your business’ registered agent, please submit this Contact Us Form.
If you are ready to have General Counsel, P.C. serve as your registered agent, you can pay the $350.00 2021 Annual Fee through this Secure Link. Put Company Name and 2021 Registered Agent as Reference.