we are moving our home office from Fremont to San Jose. We have decided that a PO box is better for us. But I have been told that I need a real address as well where you can find a person involved with our business. Is this true and if so how do I put down both adresses?
LLCs need to have a physical street address (e.g., 123 Main Street, Anytown CA), although it can also have a PO Box for mail purposes. The physical street address can be a residential address. Registered agents for service of process need to have a physical street address also. Ask your lawyer if she or he will be willing to be your agent for service of process; many lawyers will be willing to do it for free if you keep the lawyer current with your information.
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I completely agree with Mr. Jacobson.
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Messrs Jacobson and Doland have provided indisputably correct answers, as they both often do. You may wish to request that your general counsel provide you with a street address in order to avoid the ready accessibility of a residential address on a state form. While some attorneys will prefer not to do so for a variety of reasons, others will accomodate you without hesitation.
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Nothing requires that the agent for service of process be in the same city or county as the company.
Your LLC needs a street address (rather than a PO Box), but there is no requirement that someone involved with your business be there. So, for example, you could use Regus or some other virtual office provider, or a UPS Store or some other personal mailbox provider. You would need to make sure, of course, that from time to time you pick up the LLC's mail or have it forwarded to you.
As my colleagues noted, many business lawyers act as agent for service of process for their clients at no additional charge beyond the usual fee for their other services.
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