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Your business must appoint a Louisiana registered agent to receive documents in legal matters, including notice of lawsuit. Our reliable registered agent service fulfills this requirement. You get:
Like most U.S. states, Louisiana requires organizations to appoint a registered agent before they can operate in it. The agent serves as your main point of contact with the secretary of state, accepting and forwarding legal notices and other official correspondence.
The process of appointing a registered agent in Louisiana is relatively simple, but choosing the right one might be more challenging. This guide offers a concise overview of everything you should know to make the right decision and enlist your agent.
You’ll also learn how Harbor Compliance helps you meet the registered agent requirement and ensures you never miss an important notice.
A registered agent’s main duty is to remain at the designated physical address (known as a registered office) during regular business hours and accept government correspondence on your behalf. They then forward such correspondence to you so that you can take the appropriate action.
For example, if legal action is taken against your organization, your registered agent receives and delivers service of proces. Failing to fulfill this duty might cause you to miss the court appearance, in which case the ruling will most likely be against you. This is known as default judgment, and it can significantly harm your organization’s standing.
That’s why choosing a responsible agent with near-constant availability is essential to addressing any legal issues promptly.
As per Louisiana R.S. 12:1-501, your registered agent can be either of the following:
Organizations serving as registered agent are typically referred to as commercial agents. They’re considered more reliable than individual agents, particularly because Louisiana’s laws mandate that said organizations name at least two individuals who can receive your notices. This lowers the risk of your notice being missed due to the agent’s absence.
Louisiana also allows you to be your own agent, but only as an individual—your organization can’t serve as its own registered agent. While appointing yourself might seem like the simplest solution, you should beware of some significant drawbacks:
To appoint your registered agent, you’ll need to provide their name and address in your formation documents, which depend on your business structure:
If your organization is formed in another state and you wish to expand to Louisiana, you’ll name the agent in your foreign qualification filings.
You can’t name the agent after forming or foreign qualifying your legal entity, as your filings will likely be rejected without one. What you can do is change the agent if your organization already operates in Louisiana but you want to switch to another provider.
You can do this by submitting a Notice of Change of Registered Office and/or Change of Registered Agent to the secretary of state. All you need to do is enter the details of your current agent and the new one and then submit the filings upon paying a $25 fee.
Commercial agents can update the secretary of state if their address changes, in which case you don’t need to file this form because the agent does it on behalf of all represented entities.
We at Harbor Compliance have developed a robust framework that ensures the timely delivery of all important notices. Our Registered Agent Service comes with numerous benefits, most notably:
If you run a multistate organization, you can leverage our rich software to manage notices from different states effortlessly, no matter where you are. You also get access to pre-filled state forms that speed up the filing process and reduce manual work.
Besides helping you meet Louisiana’s registered agent requirement, Harbor Compliance lets you stay on top of other regulations through various services:
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A commercial registered agent like Harbor Compliance is superior to individual agents for several key reasons:
There are three distinct scenarios in which you may want to partner with Harbor Compliance:
The specific steps to appointing us as your representative differ between these cases and are explained in more detail below.
If you want to submit the filings by yourself, you can order our Registered Agent Service separately. In this case, you can find our details in the Client Portal, which you’ll add to your formation documents before filing them with the secretary of state.
Our robust Foreign Qualification Service package helps you expand into Louisiana without regulatory setbacks. Complete the wizard, and we’ll handle the foreign qualification process from start to finish.
As we obtain your certificate of authority, we’ll appoint Harbor Compliance as your registered agent so that you don’t need to do it manually. You’ll also get the Registered Agent Service free of charge for a year if you opt for the package.
If you want to engage with us instead of your current registered agent, you either submit the aforementioned notice to the secretary of state or let us handle the change as a part of the Registered Agent Service.
Before you check out, you’ll see the Add Change of Agent option. When you select it and complete the purchase, we’ll make the change on your behalf.
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Appoint us as your Louisiana registered agent when you incorporate your business or form your LLC. Sign up for registered agent service and file using the state forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.
Appoint us as your agent when you apply for a certificate of authority to transact business in Louisiana. Sign up for Louisiana registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.
Changing your registered agent to us is easy. Sign up for Louisiana registered agent service and file using the forms and instructions in your Client Portal. The forms are pre-filled and signed as required by the state.
Harbor Compliance is a provider of nationwide registered agent service. We can help you consolidate your agent representation and achieve cost savings. Our specialists manage the process to change registered agents so that virtually no work is required on your part. We will complete the state filings to appoint us as your registered agent. Additionally, we can extend your subscription term so that you avoid double payment for any portion of your current contract. There’s no reason to wait. Simply contact us for consolidation and we’ll take care of the rest. If you have registered agent appointments spanning multiple states or entities, contact us today.
Below you’ll find some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Louisiana registered agents. For further research or assistance, you can visit our Information Center.
A registered agent is a person or organization who receives service of process and other official correspondence on your behalf and then forwards it to you.
Commercial registered agents are considered the most reliable due to the constant availability and expertise necessary to deliver your notices timely.
You can appoint yourself as a registered agent, but your information would become publicly available, and you’d be tied to the registered office during regular business hours five days a week.
By partnering up with us, you’ll get a trusted partner for your registered agent needs and other regulatory matters. Order our Registered Agent Service today and let a team of experts take over the responsibility for receiving your correspondence to enjoy more freedom.
If any of the additional services you saw above seem helpful, get in touch with us to learn more about them. Besides a rich service offering, we’ve launched an advanced software solution that helps you navigate Louisiana’s regulatory landscape more easily. Request a demonstration to see how it works.
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If you’re expanding beyond Louisiana or wish to register your organization in another state, learn about registered agent service in other jurisdictions by referring to the following table: