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What Does a Delaware Registered Agent Do, Exactly?

By Matthew Dochnal December 1, 2023
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Understanding the role of a Delaware Registered Agent is an important part of incorporating a business. Did you know that Delaware law requires every company registered in Delaware to have a Registered Agent? So, if you want to form a Delaware LLC or a Delaware corporation, you will need to know how to meet this […]

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How to Pick a Delaware Registered Agent

By Matthew Dochnal May 9, 2023
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Anyone starting a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a corporation in Delaware is required to have a Delaware registered agent. A Delaware registered agent helps your business stay on the right side of the law by making sure you get important legal documents and tax notices. With so many registered agent services out there, it […]

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How to Verify Business Ownership for Your LLC

By IncNow April 8, 2022
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At some point, you may be asked to show proof of ownership, also known as proof of entity, for your LLC. The request often happens when you open a business bank account. If you’ve never needed to prove that you own your LLC, it’s understandable that you might be unsure of what to do next. […]

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What is a Delaware Registered Agent?

By IncNow May 7, 2021
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United States business formation law is state specific. Within the footprint of the state, companies formed in that state need to maintain an “agent” at all times. This agent has to have a fixed office address on record with the company’s file. That makes this office the “registered office” and the business or individual servicing […]

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Your Principal Place of Business is Not Your Delaware Registered Agent Office

By IncNow August 31, 2020
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When you incorporate in Delaware, where is your principal place of business? When should you list your registered agent’s address as your office address? Since most businesses filed in Delaware operate outside the state, this is a common question. The short answer is never. The only need for a Delaware address (a registered agent’s office) […]

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How Much Does It Cost To Incorporate a Small Business?

By IncNow August 5, 2020
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We often hear these questions from small business owners: What is the cheapest option for incorporating my company? How much does it cost to incorporate? Should I form an LLC? What incorporation fees can I expect? Across all fifty states, Delaware is near the median for incorporation costs. Among the top-tier states such as Florida […]

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What does it mean for a company to “go void”?

By IncNow February 8, 2019
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If you have a Delaware LLC or corporation and have neglected to pay your agent or state fee, you may have been told by your registered agent that the company is in danger of “going void.” What does void mean? In the context of Delaware LLCs and corporations, it means that the registered agent “resigned” […]

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New Delaware Corporate Information System (“DCIS”) launched on September 8, 2015

By IncNow October 15, 2015

Over Labor Day weekend, after over a decade of development efforts, the Delaware Division of Corporations (the “Division”) successfully launched a new web-based system to administer its business entity and UCC filing systems.  Fortunately, Delaware state administrators and the agent community had a long period to train, test and update the system to make sure […]

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Delaware Helps Federal Investigators by Requiring Delaware LLC’s “Communications Contact” Have Access to a Record of Each Member and Manager

By IncNow January 14, 2015

A few years ago, pressure from U.S. Treasury and International countries prompted Delaware to require a “communications contact” for each LLC formed in Delaware. A 2014 Amendment clarified what is required of this communications contact, including access to ownership and management contact information. What is a Communications Contact for a Delaware LLC? Before these 2014 […]

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Delaware “Just Says No” To Marijuana Inc.

By IncNow September 29, 2014

Delaware may be known for being “business friendly”, but Delaware can be a buzzkill when it comes to blatant “marijuana” business names. The Delaware Secretary of State rejects certain names it administratively determines are not engaged in a “lawful business, purpose or activity.” Delaware does not mind if you want to export entity products, but do […]

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How Can Canadian Businesses Benefit from an LLC?

By IncNow June 11, 2014
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If you want the benefit of an LLC in Canada, you will need to form an LLC in the United States. Most people from Canada who want an LLC will form it in Delaware. Surprisingly, Canada has no equivalent to the LLC under national or provincial laws. The process of forming a Delaware LLC and […]

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Should I Incorporate My Business in Delaware?

By IncNow May 20, 2014

Anyone who can incorporate in another state can decide instead to incorporate in Delaware. U.S. constitutional law allows you to incorporate in Delaware with the same rights and privileges as a business incorporated in your home state. The difference is that Delaware law will govern the internal affairs of your business. People from all over […]

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When Forming a Delaware LLC, Choose a Registered Agent with Direct Access to the Delaware Corporation Imaging System.

By IncNow May 19, 2014

A limited number of commercial registered agents have access to a dedicated online connection to the State of Delaware. This online filing system is not web based. It is a MS-DOS based terminal where the user has direct access to the Delaware Secretary of State Division of Corporations mainframe. DCIS stands for Delaware Corporation Information […]

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