1. A limited partnership shall continuously maintain in this state both of the following:
a. An office, which may, but need not be, a place of its business in this state. The records required to be maintained by section 487.105 shall be kept at the office.
b. An agent for service of process on the limited partnership. The agent shall be either an individual resident of this state, a domestic corporation, or a foreign corporation authorized to do business in this state.
2. In addition to other statutory provisions relating to venue, an action may be brought against a limited partnership in the county where its office is maintained or, if a limited partnership fails to maintain an office in this state, then in any county within the state.
3. An agent for service of process may resign as agent upon filing and recording in accordance with section 487.206 a written notice of resignation, executed in duplicate, with the secretary of state. The secretary of state shall forthwith mail a copy of the resignation to the limited partnership at its principal place of business. The appointment of the agent terminates upon the expiration of thirty days after receipt of the notice by the secretary of state.
4. If a limited partnership fails to ap- point or maintain an agent for service of process or if its agent cannot with reasonable diligence be found at the address of the agent recorded with the secretary of state, then the secretary of state is an agent of the limited partnership upon whom any process, notice, or demand may be served. Service may be made by delivering to the secretary of state duplicate copies of the process, notice, or demand. If the process, notice, or demand is served on the secretary of state, the secretary of state shall immediately cause one of the copies to be forwarded by certified mail, addressed to the limited partnership at its principal place of business. A limited partnership served in accordance with this subsection is not in default until thirty days have elapsed following the service on the secretary of state.
The secretary of state shall keep a record of all pro- cesses, notices, and demands served upon the secretary of state under this subsection, and shall record the time of the service and the action taken.
This subsection does not limit or affect the right to serve any process, notice, or demand required or permitted by law to be served upon a limited partnership in any other manner permitted by law.
[82 Acts, ch 1103, § 104]
C83, § 545.104 ~I86 Acts, ch 1173, § 16 ~IC93, § 487.104
Referred to in § 487.105, 487.201, 487.205, 487.802, 487.803, 487.910
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