Registered Agents for Business: Why You Need One

Web Admin - Friday, October 18, 2013

In most states, including Illinois, business law requires corporate owners to have a registered agent represent their corporation or limited liability company (LLC). A registered agent is the third-party who is listed in the same state in which the business was established. This go-between is chosen to receive service of process notices, communication from the Secretary of State, tax forms, and lawsuits on behalf of the business.

According to the Illinois Limited Liability Company Act (805 ILCS 180/1-35), a registered agent’s name and location must be included in the paperwork filed with the state. This allows the public to access information about a business and to send any important documents to the agent registered for the company. This is especially useful for small businesses without a physical address. The state must have a physical address on file in case the business is served with a lawsuit.

How Registered Agents Help in Illinois

Not only is a registered agent the third-party representative for a business, but they stand as barrier between a business and the state government. This allows a business owner to focus solely on their corporate front. A registered agent in Illinois will accept tax or legal documents privately so business owners do not have to do so in front of clients.

An additional benefit is that a registered agent’s office address will remain the same even if a business moves to a new location. With a registered agent, there is no need to file more paperwork with the state for every Illinois business relocation. Opening a new business office in another state, however, presents more challenges. Every state requires a business to maintain a registered agent and registered office in that state.

Lawsuits can be complex and have serious consequences for missed deadlines. A registered agent is a qualified professional who knows the laws and regulations for the State of Illinois. Assigning the role of registered agent to a law firm can ensure that service of process is properly received and handled.

If you are interested in appointing a qualified law professional as your registered agent, contact a Palatine corporate law attorney today. Call 847-934-6000 to speak to a business lawyer serving the Northwest Suburban areas including Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Barrington, and beyond.

Recent Posts


real estate attorney Palatine corporate attorney probate claims drugs Inverness injury lawyer traumatic brain injuries Barrington litigation attorney Arlington Heights employment attorney problem employees Illinois medical malpractice claim Liquor Control Act personal injury attorney sexual images license suspension Illinois traffic accident lawyer automated cars gift taxes personal injury law firm Illinois rollover accident lawyers insurance denials employee rights Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer institutional trustee paid sick leave Palatine trusts lawyer FMLA Barrington employment attorney Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer Illinois employment attorneys Palatine civil attorney cell phone accidents products liability Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers contracts Barrington real estate lawyer Chicago will attorney bike accident Deer Park medical malpractice attorney comp time taxes medical marijuana traumatic brain injury trustee texting while driving product liability license revocation Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act Illinois medical malpractice attorney Deer Park employment law attorney Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer overtime violations hiring employees living trust vs will probate process severance agreements Arlington Heights injury attorney employee discrimination license reinstatement Arlington Heights lawyer Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove employment lawyer eluding a police officer filing a medical malpractice claim financial advisors DMV living wills boating under the influence Schaumburg criminal attorney Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys revenge porn employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys real estate leasing Des Plaines DUI attorney Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers Chicago lawyer insurance dispute Inverness accident lawyer employment attorney Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Fourth of July trucking accident lawyers Illinois civil litigation lawyer DUI defense Rolling Meadows accident lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer Arlington Heights criminal lawyer Long Grove estate planning attorneys Palatine criminal defense lawyer workers comp insurance agents car accident lawyer Attorney Ken Apicella South Barrington real estate lawyer crossover accidents Home Sale Contingencies employment law Crystal Lake tax lawyer Schaumburg traffic lawyer Illinois injury lawyer employees underfunded trust premises liability real estate Palatine employment lawyer Chicago insurance law firm privacy Des Plaines injury law firm Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer Illinois car accident attorney civil litigation insurance claim delay Buffalo Grove law firm commercial real estate Palatine elder law attorney insurance claim dispute attorney insurance claim rollover car crashes Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm new real estate form Des Plaines civil attorney Illinois jet ski accident lawyer Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer unauthorized overtime digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers Crystal Lake pet attorney disability benefits Detainer Actions expungement Illinois employment lawyer drunk driving workplace sexual harassment Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer commercial leasing Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Chicago attorney trauma after an accident golf accidents Illinois personal injury lawyers Barrington criminal lawyer Inverness estate planning lawyer Rolling Meadows Attorney small business estate planning trusts estate plan Palatine probate lawyer Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer installment contracts Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, swimming pools Crystal Lake insurance lawyer wills and trusts Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Illinois traffic attorneys personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights car accident lawyer Illinois employment laws Illinois capital gains tax unpaid assessment personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys rent to own real estate contracts DNR elder law independent contractor Chicago car accident lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer jet ski accidents trust payments Arlington Heights trucking lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer Mount Prospect real estate lawyer medical research manufacturing Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney insurance adjusters Illinois insurance claim attorney Rolling Meadows real estate attorney Des Plaines drunk driving statistics pay when paid contract Kenilworth estate planning attorney car crashes DUI IRS caretaker rights mass shooting right to work Illinois living will Chicago trucking accident attorney Palatine workers compensation lawyer fiduciary rule delay homestead rights Illinois Probate Act of 1975 IRA benefits Des Plaines personal injury lawyers Barrington employment law attorney Barrington workers compensation attorney car collision GM ignition switches Rolling Meadows tax attorney Colin Gilbert Deer Park workers compensation lawyer Chicago traffic lawyer pedestrian accidents real estate attorneys digital assets Buffalo Grove corporate attorney field sobriety test Rolling Meadows traffic law firm criminal defense Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents life insurance lawyer natural gas explosion Illinois insurance lawyer Des Plaines personal injury attorney hands free device car accident Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer personal injury accidents Illinois job attorney insurance disputes marijuana boating DUI Illinois personal injury real estate zoning Schaumburg insurance lawyers job lawyers Crystal Lake law firm deadly crashes underinsured motorist Crystal Lake employment law attorney fiduciary rule Crystal Lake injury attorney life insurance policy insurance claim denial federal regulations for LLCs privacy laws healthcare claims elder abuse corporate law power of attorney Des Plaines real estate lawyer comparative negligence Palatine insurance lawyer traffic violations Arlington Heights TBI attorney vacation home irrevocable trust Illinois lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys pedestrian accident Family Medical Leave Act Illinois trucking safety Illinois driving without license PTSD Barrington Traffic Lawyer Schaumburg employment attorney Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer denial of life insurance Inverness DUI lawyer senior citizens Illinois Sales Representative Act Illinois insurance dispute lawyers Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Illinois boating accident lawyer wage theft Arlington Heights estate planning attorney Illinois registered agent slip and fall Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Illinois Smoke Detector Act Illinois traffic attorney landlord tenant law cell phone tower data special needs trust auto accidents car accidents medication errors appealing an insurance claim Illinois small business Illinois law distracted driving accidents murder charges Deer Park traffic lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorneys insurance claim denials tax attorney civil rights violation Barrington civil litigation attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Illinois wills and trusts foreclosure sole proprietorship Inverness real estate attorney Illinois mortgages Palatine business attorney Kenilworth estate planning lawyer truck collisions Class A misdemeanor TBI Barrington personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Arlington Heights traffic attorney Illinois employment law attorneys digital evidence drug crimes Palatine drug lawyer head on collisions startup company rumble strips Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Policy Cancellation brain injury business litigation Illinois insurance disputes personal injury Deer Park accident attorney Deer Park traffic accident attorney car crash Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers real estate closing medical malpractice claims life insurance home inspection lawyer gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys employment lawyer anesthesia errors Barrington business law firm healthcare real estate lawyer texting and driving Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute rollover accidents murder living trust benefits Long Grove real estate lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer food poisoning Illinois estate planning traffic deaths Des Plaines accident attorney dealing with problem employees Illinois tax attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys Illinois collections attorney advance healthcare directive Illinois probate lawyer Des Plaines collections attorney Riverwoods estate planning lawyer Inverness corporate attorney LLCs medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation Illinois employment law Illinois employment law attorney employment contract Arlington Heights accident attorney Palatine punch death traffic offenses Schaumburg estate attorney insurance claim dispute driving Illinois criminal defense attorney Retaliatory Discharge Fair Labor Standards Act bicycle dooring accidents estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Crystal Lake car accident lawyer meal breaks Palatine employment law lawyer Schaumburg injury lawyer Illinois employment law firm reckless homicide workers compensation benefits Schaumburg personal injury attorney ObamaCare BAIID Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney surgical mistakes Illinois medical malpractice case dog bites Des Plaines drug lawyer Schaumburg estate planning attorney liens Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Inverness insurance attorney estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers Schaumburg Illinois workplace lawyer Chicago employment attorney overtime pay Schaumburg corporate attorney clemency employment law, Illinois employment laws pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality traffic violations defense investment property Barrington estate planning attorney Do Not Resuscitate Des Plaines pet law attorney Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Chicago employment lawyer Illinois Human Rights Act llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Deer Park criminal attorney social media after death Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Rolling Meadows criminal attorney denied insurance claim bicycle accidents probate claims process Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Illinois personal injury attorney Illinois attorney underage DUI civil litigation attorney Arlington Heights insurance attorney loss of consortium spinal cord injury Illinois employee rights attorney. Deer Park real estate law firm holiday statistics probate lawyer pet law compensatory time Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Arlington Heights Attorney BAC uninsured motorist Palatine real estate lawyer Deer Park personal injury lawyer Illinois estate planning law firm Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument agent wrongful death Palatine civil litigation lawyer Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney landlord coronavirus pedestrian-automobile accident changes to mortgage law medical malpractice Schaumburg real estate lawyer IRA trust transfer Forcible Entry traffic accidents Crystal Lake employment lawyer Mount Prospect elder law attorney Illinois elder law attorney operating agreements Inverness probate lawyer Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney insurance claims Illinois pet lawyer Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Illinois traffic ticket lawyer DGAA Crystal Lake car accident attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorney Legal Info Barrington personal injury attorney guardianship attorney Illinois defective products attorney insurance denial appeals icy parking lots estate attorney Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois LLC creation first degree murder forming a corporation in Illinois liability claims Illinois DUI attorney Illinois insurance attorney power of attorney for healthcare Schaumburg employment law attorneys subcontractor insurance attorney Crystal Lake accident attorney foreclosed rental property estate planning federal crimes preventing accidents low-ball insurance settlement attorney fees Arlington Heights tax lawyer life insurance claims blood alcohol content Des Plaines real estate attorney estate tax Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers motorcycle accident Des Plaines insurance attorney Inverness traffic law firm estate planning lawyer South Barrington real estate attorney Palatine injury attorney Illinois Trust Code construction contracts Employment Discrimination Law Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers drug crimes lawyer boating accidents breathalyzer test back injuries traffic laws Crystal Lake traffic lawyer Illinois will lawyer Illinois workplace discrimination attorney condo association creditors natural gas liability income distribution deducation Schaumburg probate attorney Des Plaines tax law firm Palatine traffic accidents Illinois bicycle safety Crystal Lake will lawyer work unions medical malpractice compensation involuntary manslaughter Inverness real estate lawyer POA drug possession ken apicella Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney accidental death benefits Crystal Lake traffic attorney Illinois speeding lawyer probate fees Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer suspended license Barrington medical malpractice lawyers Jay Andrew no contest clauses residential real estate School Visitation Rights Act Barrington attorney Palatine estate planning lawyer Illinois business law atorneys Illinois real estate lawyer Long Grove real estate attorney Illinois workers compensation attorney fault based insurance Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer CAM Palatine construction attorney living trust health insurance dispute pregnant women Illinois red light cameras trusts child safety Illinois construction accident attorney Inverness civil lawyer cell phone Barrington criminal defense lawyer Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney Barrington employment law firm trucking accidents Chicago insurance claim attorneys Palatine personal injury lawyer pet bites real estate contract modern family estate planning BUI Schaumburg civil litigation attorney digital information speeding Illinois insurance claims lawyers Whistleblower Claims Transfer on Death Instrument Buffalo Grove real estate attorney personal injury claims consent to a search bad faith insurance claims employee misclassification Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act loopholes Schaumburg elder law lawyer ACA unpaid overtime estate planning attorney Arlington Heights employment law attorneys IRELA Long Grove estate planning Chicago corporate attorney traffic crimes Illinois estate planning attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers owner responsibility Exclusions vacation home fines Long Grove estate planning attorney Illinois home inspection Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer Des Plaines criminal attorney slip and fall accidents Palatine employment attorney Schaumburg Attorney distracted driving accident victims Schaumburg estate planning lawyer personal injury claim pizza emoji Buffalo Grove probate lawyer Des Plaines claims law firm estate planning for college students Illinois pedestrian accident attorney fatal car accidents Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Des Plaines personal injury lawyer license car crash injuries defective products lawyer drug crime rest breaks Affordable Care Act Crystal Lake personal injury attorney sexual harassment Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney insurance dispute attorney Rolling Meadows employment attorney breach of contract Crystal Lake employment attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer traffic tickets Palatine corporate law attorneys Self-Directed IRA Accounts Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, minimum wage caregiver whistleblower protections Barrington injury attorney Rolling Meadows denied insurance claims DUI attorney employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, Schaumburg drug defense lawyer spinal cord injuries criminal Home Remodeling Repair Act wills workers compensation Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer Rolling Meadows business lawyer Illinois medical malpractice lawyers marijuana crimes attorney Barrington drug crime attorney Palatine traffic lawyer Buffalo Grove traffic attorney jet ski Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney Palatine law firm college kids Colin H. Gilbert Illinois corporate lawyer dynasty trusts Mt Prospect Attorney trench injuries insurance agent negligence Illinois personal injury lawyer probate Inverness personal injury attorney commercial leases mortgage pain and suffering Illinois trusts attorney blended families defective products Landlord Tenant Ordinance Illinois workers compensation lawyer Chicago biking tips Arlington Heights car crash attorneys dram shop law Palatine Attorney wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Barrington boating accident attorney car accident lawyers Schaumburg criminal law attorney Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer insurance negligence Illinois real estate Chicago estate planning murder defense Barrington estate planning lawyer in terrorem provision Chicago estate planning lawyer unfunded trust Super Mario hit and run accident Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission preventable medical errors criminal law FSLA Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer condo Joliet general practice lawyers Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers controlled substance Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Thanksgiving construction accidents Crystal Lake business law attorneys deed transfer Illinois business lawyer nursing home negligence criminal record Illinois traffic laws internet insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Deer Park DUI lawyer insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys DUI penalities wrongful termination