Suing a business? You will need to provide additional details.

Updated: Apr 29

If your dispute is against a business, you will need to provide three pieces of information:

  • Business Name: full legal entity name for the business

  • Registered Address: official address of the company

  • Registered Agent: person/company that will receive service of process

How to find the information

  • State Registration: corporations, LLCs, and LPs are required to register at the state level. Many states have an online search to locate the business in question.

o Examples: California Business Search, New York Business Search

o The search result will include the registered address and registered agent information for the company.

o Tip 1: the company you are looking for may be registered in a different state.

o Tip 2: if you see multiple companies with similar names, pick the one that has an active registration.

Business Types

Once you have the business’s legal name, you can determine what type of business it is.

  • If the business has “Inc.” or “Corp.” attached to its name, then it’s a corporation.

- There are different types of corporations, like “S” and “C” corporations, but you don’t need to concern yourself with what type of corporation the business is. All you need to know is whether it is a corporation.

  • If the business has “LLC” in its name, then it’s a limited liability company.

  • If the business has “LP” in its name, then it’s a limited partnership.

  • If it has an “LLP” in its name, then it’s a limited liability partnership.

Why it's important?

  • Business Name: naming the correct business will make sure that you are bringing the case to the right entity, and that you are able to collect your money if you win your case.

  • Business Registered Address: the demand letter will be mailed to the correct party and you use the right information to fill out your court forms.

  • Registered Agent: the demand letter is sent to the right place and court forms are "served" to the right party. Court forms must be served before you can attend your court hearing!

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