If you are starting a business in California, you have likely noticed that you need a California registered agent.
What is a California registered agent?
Don’t worry, it’s a common question.
A California registered agent is simply an individual or an entity that accepts service of process–legal notice of a lawsuit–and other official documents on behalf of a business. A California registered agent is also known as a California corporate agent, or a California statutory agent.
Basically, if your business gets sued, the State of California wants to make sure the court can reliably contact you. The law requires that the owners of a business are properly notified.
Why us For
- Startups: The BAAS team gives special focus on our startup and emerging growth clients, looking for solutions on the back-end while they look for investment and seed-funding. We offer financial planning, specialized investor reporting, and analysis during the early stages of your business venture and help you grow and find success. BAAS will get you there!
- SMEs: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises are the foundation of a strong economy, important for both developing and developed countries. BAAS lends support to these organizations by helping them manage the back-end of the company, by providing you with regular reporting and strategic insights to run the company with perfect execution.
- Nonprofit Organizations: The BAAS accounting team helps nonprofit clients maximize their limited budgets while improving efficiencies and presenting reports for their boards. We offer daily bookkeeping and payroll tasks, help establish accounting procedures or implement full-fledged accounting systems and train your team.
- Timely, Detailed Reporting: We know that time is money and the BAAS team works to provide timely reports, updates, and assistance.
- Secure, Cloud-Based Solutions: Never lose any data with the secure cloud solutions offered by BAAS.
What do you get with California registered agent service?
- Immediate Access to Digital Client Portal
- Use of Our Address for Business Address
- Use of Our Address for Mailing Address
- Use of Our Address for California Corporate Filings
- Year-Round Compliance Monitoring & Online Tracking
- All State Forms and Templates in Your Portal
- All Corporate Documents we Receive are Scanned to You in Real Time
- Cancel for Free Anytime
Why Do I Need a Registered Agent?
The California Corporation Code Section § 1700-1702 requires that all corporations, LLCs and other business entities appoint and maintain a registered agent. You can’t start a business without one (unless you’re a sole proprietor, in which case you don’t have to form an entity at all).
Additionally, a registered agent is required to have a physical address in the State, and this office must be kept open throughout the year during regular business hours. This ensures that certified mail can be delivered in a reasonable timeframe.
California Registered Agent Requirements & Duties
We Accept Service of Process & Legal Notices
When your company is sued, we accept the service of process that is sent by the court. We scan it and upload it to your client portal and notify you immediately. This gives you ample time to respond to the lawsuit.
We Accept Business Mail & Compliance Reminders
We scan and upload all official business mail and state notifications, such as tax documents and compliance reminders that are sent by the Secretary of State. Our compliance tracking software updates you regularly throughout the year to ensure that you do not miss compliance deadlines.
We Prepare & Submit Additional California Business Filings
As our client, you will have access to our full database of California business filings. You can download these forms and file them yourself whenever you need, or you can hire us to prepare and submit them for you. These include annual/biennial filings, such as your Statement of Information, or regular maintenance filings such as amendments to your formation documents.
We Protect Your Reputation
Even the most upstanding companies receive frivolous lawsuits. As your registered agent, we accept legal notices on behalf of your company, which means that such notifications are never served in front of your customers.
What Do I Get?
The Fastest, Most Reliable Compliance Alert System in the Industry
Probably the worst thing that can happen is for your registered agent to fail to deliver your service of process in a timely manner. Believe it or not, this is common in the industry, as there are no real standards for registered agents. Late delivery can lead to a default judgment against your business, and you can lose your legal authority to do business in California. This is why we have designed the quickest, most efficient alert system in the business.
Your service of process is scanned and uploaded into your client portal immediately after we receive it. This instantly kicks in our alert notification system, and you will receive an update the same day: email, phone, fax, text, mail, whichever method suits you best.Want us to contact your lawyer? Business partners? Spouse? Simply add them to the list, and we will notify all of them.
A Secure Client Portal for Storing & Managing Business Documents
Your client portal is for more than viewing service of process. You can order any California business filing you ever need from your client portal, and we will store all of these filings in your account for you to view whenever you need.All of your official documents, business mail and legal correspondence can be stored in your client portal, giving you a single secure center to manage all your business documents throughout the life of your company.
Easy Expansion Into Other States
As your business grows, you may find yourself to expand into other states. This will require registration with those state’s governing agencies. We can prepare and file all the necessary paperwork for every state in America, ensuring that you are fully compliant with those states’ laws. In addition, we can provide the same compliance notices for additional states as we do for California.
Total Customer Support Throughout the Year
If you ever have a question about our service, California business filings, or other related topics, you can give us a call anytime. Our expert business filing team is made up of former Secretary of State filers, corporate attorneys and CPAs. We know every aspect of California business, and you can always get us on the phone. Customer service is our number one priority.
For corporations and LLC (Limited Liability Company), it is necessary to choose a registered agent. Registered agent will be a person or an entity. It is designated in the articles of incorporation/organization, who can accept legal documents and notifications from a state office on behalf of a corporate entity. It is necessary that registered agents have existence within the state at a physical street address and must be available during normal business hours.
Although some prefer to act as their own agents, it is advisable to hire a registered agent. One must be very careful while choosing a registered agent. If the registered agent is not reliable, the corporation or LLC may lose its status and will have to bear heavy penalty. Please call BAAS today for Registered Agents!
Why Hire A California Registered Agent Service?
You Don’t Have a Physical Office
This is the law. You have to list a physical address in California. If you’re a web-based business or someone who works from home, then hiring a registered agent solves this problem.
You Don’t Work Regular Hours
A registered agent is required to keep regular business hours. If you work a non-government schedule, then you’ll need a registered agent.
You Desire More Privacy
You can be your own registered agent in California, but you’ll have to list your name and address in the public record. Many business owners don’t want the hassle that comes with this (unsolicited phone calls, junk mail offers, etc.). Hiring a registered agent keeps your information out of the public record.
You Don’t Want the Hassle
Your registered agent handles a wide range of business paperwork, logs these important documents and tracks your compliance deadlines. Many business owners find it simpler to hire an agent instead of doing this themselves.