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Differences Between a Corporate Office & a Registered Office

Corporate Office

Corporate is a term that pertains to corporations. A corporate office is the main office, also called the headquarters, of a corporation. This office is usually the hub of the company and often serves as the central location where top decisions are made. The corporate office is generally where the executives of the company, including the CEO, maintain their offices. A corporation might have other offices across the country or the world that report to the corporate office and the company’s CEO. These additional offices might take their direction on company policy and practices from the decisions made at the corporate office.

Registered Office

A corporation is a type of business entity. A corporation is considered to be a separate legal entity from the members of the corporation. Once a company follows the guidelines established by the state and incorporates in that state, the company becomes a corporation. State laws generally require the corporation to maintain a registered office. This is a physical office where the corporation will receive service of legal documents in case of a lawsuit, such as notices or service of process. This address cannot be a P.O. box but must be a physical location where someone is present, called a registered agent, to receive service of legal documents during normal business hours.

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