States all require that you register your corporation to do business in that state. Most all states require that you have a registered agent in that state. Sometimes this can be an employee, but since we are a seasonal business we have no full-time employees in many states to nominate. This means that we have to pay an outsider a fee every year just to be this named agent.
And in my experience this person does ... NOTHING. Zero. Nada. Bupkis. But it is worse than that. In many states like Minnesota, the secretary of state (who generally manages corporate registrations) absolutely insists that they will send no mail to your corporate headquarters, they will only send mail to your in-state registered agent. Its like they don't have mail service or phone service that goes out of state in Minnesota. Unfortunately, many of my agents repeatedly fail to forward this mail to me. I just paid a $300 fine to Minnesota because I did not respond to an annual renewal notice that was sent to my local agent and never forwarded.
I have asked this question of my readers before but never gotten an answer. My question is simple:
In this day of modern communications, what is the justification for requiring a corporation to have a registered agent in that state?
Is there any justification? Or is this just a holdover from some past era when communication was by horse and telegraph.