The Texas Business Organizations Code requires that every entity who conducts business in Texas maintain a registered agent and office in Texas. This applies regardless of whether your entity (corporation, limited liability company, professional corporation, professional association, partnership or limited partnership) is formed or incorporated in Texas (i.e., which the Code defines as a domestic or foreign filing entity). An entity’s registered must be a physical address in Texas where the registered agent can be served with process during business hours.
Your Texas Office can be the registered agent / registered office for your business. If your entity sells products in Texas, services clients in Texas, has space or employees in Texas, or is just occasionally does business in Texas, you may want to employ Your Texas Office to serve as your registered agent. Even if you are located in Texas, a professional registered agent still provides many benefits. For example, you may not want papers (or lawsuits) served at your principal place of business because: 1) employees may believe the business is in trouble; 2) employees may not understand the import of the papers and may not warn and advise the responsible person in the business regarding having received them; or 3) your Texas location may not be fully staffed all the time. For these and other reasons, you may want to use a professional registered agent and an offsite registered office.
The purpose of a registered agent and registered office. An entity’s registered office is where the Office of the Secretary of State will mail official correspondence. Additionally, an entity’s registered agent is whom an entity may be served with process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served. It is imperative that such documents and correspondence not be left in the hands of employees who simply do not recognize their import. Failure to timely respond may jeopardize an entity’s rights and/or ability to transact business in the State of Texas.
Failure to designate a registered agent may foreclose or hinder the entity’s ability to legally enter into contracts and/or gain access to Texas state courts. Also, failure to maintain a registered agent in Texas may cause the entity to fall out of good standing with the State of Texas. In other words, it could result in an entity forfeiting the right to transact business in the State of Texas or lead to officer’s being personal responsible for the entity’s actions.
If you do business in Texas and (1) don’t have a registered agent or registered office in Texas; or (2) would like to change your registered agent and registered office, sign up using the “Getting Started” page above or call us to set up service so you don’t miss any important paperwork.
Call and ask for James Thompson at 713 626-7277 to begin service immediately.