Asked in Business Formation and Business Law for Virginia

Q: Is it legal for one person to be agent for 20-40 corporations?

Is it legal for one person to be agent for 20-40 corporations under their agent address and then for these same companies to all have their headquarter address listed as the same address for all of them even though the companies aren't related to each other in anyway?

2 Lawyer Answers
Derek Allen Colvin
Derek Allen Colvin
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: You are asking for an opinion, and attorneys only provide opinions to their clients after knowing sufficient facts to render an opinion.

I can point you to the VCC's requirements for registered agents.

Registered agents must meet the following requirements:

Be a Virginia resident

Have a Virginia physical business address, registered office

Be available during normal business hours

In addition, registered agents must meet one of these qualifications:

A member of the Virginia State Bar

A member of the business entity’s management, examples include:

officer or director of a corporation,

a member or manager of a limited liability company,

a trustee of a business trust,

a general partner of a limited partnership, or

a partner of a registered limited liability partnership

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A: While I am not admitted to practice law in this State, I can tell you that the office of the registered agent and the principal place of business or headquarters are not the same. If you hire an attorney to incorporate your business entity and ask the attorney to serve as a registered agent, the attorney will list his law office as the address for the registered agent and it will not be the principal place of business/headquarters.

If you are an accountant or provide some type of business services I would recommend that you look for the assistance of a business attorney in your city and ask to have her/him on retainer.

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