(and why do we need one)? 

A registered agent receives legal, tax, and other documents on behalf of a business in the state or states where the business holds a registration with the secretary of state.  The registered agent can also receive services of process when a business entity is a party in a legal action.  Either a member of the company or a third party (like a lawyer or service company) can act as a registered agent, provided the agent has a physical location in the state that is open during regular business hours to receive documents.

A registered agent is legally required in order for a company to register with a secretary of state in any given state or states.  Patton Compliance can provide registered agent services for your company so that you can qualify to obtain necessary corporate registrations.  We have negotiated competitive rates for registered agent services and in many cases our rates are lower than what your company may already be paying a third party registered agent service.