An agent for service of process (also known as the registered agent) is the person or company
designated to accept service of process on the corporation's behalf. In a lawsuit, the defendant
must be "served" with the court papers, which gives the defendant notice, before the lawsuit can
have legal effect. Once the court papers have been delivered to the registered agent, the
corporation is deemed to be on notice.
The registered agent's name and address are public information. Therefore, if you prefer an extra
layer of privacy or do not have an address in the state of formation, LegalZoom can serve as your
registered agent for $159 per year. LegalZoom, through its affiliates, can serve as a registered
agent in all 50 states.