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Let me tell you about finding a registered agent in Minnesota.

Why do we have registered agents in the first place?

Back in the good old days, you just tended the farm and paid tribute to the king. Eventually, economies changed, new company structures like limited liability companies and corporations emerged. These types of business structures were created to protect business owners from liabilities and provide tax advantages. Entities are afforded standing that is independent from the person or persons who form them. Sadly, it didn’t take very much time for people to figure out that they could avoid business lawsuits by personally hiding from servers of process. So, to get rid of that loophole, most Secretaries of State require companies to designate a “registered agent.”

What are the requirements or restrictions I should know about my statutory agent?

There are only a few requirements relating to who can act as a registered agent here. Specifically, the person or entity acting as your registered agent must be located and available at an official street address within Minnesota during typical business hours. They will be responsible to accept all tax-related and legal documents, annual report forms, litigation (service of process) documents, etc., on your behalf. It is critical that you designate a solid company, such as [site name] when you’re choosing your Minnesota registered agent.

How can having a registered agent help my business?

Most importantly, appointing a registered agent keeps your business in conformity to Minnesota state law. On top of that, we accept and scan any legal notice, service of process, letter, or annual report received into your online account locally here in Minnesota. You receive immediate notice of any paperwork scanned into your Minnesota resident agent online account.

As an added Minnesota registered agent service, we also track your Minnesota annual report due date and forward you reminders with do-it-yourself links to submit your report on time with the Secretary of State.

How do I designate my Minnesota registered agent?

Typically you would designate your resident agent as part of your business formation documents; your articles of incorporation or articles of organization. If you’re just getting your business started, we can help you with that. If you already appointed a resident agent but you’re shopping around for a better fit, we can help you with that too. Of course, whether you’re just getting started or need to make a change, the simplest method is to sign up for our registered agent services.