FAQs

Where can defendants be served?
This depends on which province or state the papers are being served in or are coming from. This is also an important reason why you need a process server. In most provinces or states, you can serve anyone anywhere at any time. In some states like Virginia, Florida and others, you cannot serve someone at their residence on Sundays, nor can you serve them when they are traveling to and from a court of law. Some states donít allow serves to occur on holidays. Please check the laws in your area or consult with a professional process server.

Will a process server file my papers with the court?
Yes, is the short answer. Most process servers offer a suite of legal support service including document filing. It is likely that you will have to pay an additional fee for this service.

Do I need a process server?
First of all, it is important to know that many states require a process server to be licensed. So in these states, the answer is yes. Hiring a Legal Process Server is an important step in proceeding with a court case. Process servers have the skills and experience to serve your legal documents in timely and affordable manner and, more importantly, serve them in accordance with the local and state process serving laws. There are several requirements and constraints associated with the rules of service of process. In some states you cannot serve on Sundays or holidays. Some places do not allow papers to be served on a person traveling to court. It is also very important to note that papers cannot be served by someone who is involved in the case or legal proceeding. If a serve is not done in accordance with these rules, this can hinder your case from going forward or result in the dismissal of your case. Improper Service also delays obtainment of evidence, which can cause injunctions, court fees, and attorneyís fees. If you are serious about your case, you want the papers to be served properly. Paying a professional process server a nominal fee can save your case.

What is an Affidavit of Service and a Proof of Service?
An Affidavit of Service, also called a Proof of Service, is a signed document provided to you by your process server upon completion of serving your documents. Proof of Service states when, where, and who was served. There are a number of other affidavits that can be provided to you as a client. For instance, an Affidavit of Due Diligence may be provided if the person to be served cannot be located.

What if the person cannot be found or is evasive?
If the named party in the documents cannot be found, the court may allow service by publication in a newspaper. Before this can happen, you may be asked to prove to the court that a reasonable attempt was made to actually serve the defendant or the person named. This is where the hiring of a professional process server comes into play.

What if the person does not accept the papers?
In most cases they do not have to accept service in order for it to be considered effective. If the defendant comes to the door but refuses the papers there are prior cases wherein service was accepted by the courts although the recipient tried to avoid same.

Can papers be faxed or mailed?
In many cases you will be able to fax or email papers us. Typically this is permissible as long as there is not a raised embossed seal on the papers from the court. It is your responsibility to validate if the original papers need to be served before determining how you will remit the papers to us.

What is Service of Process?
United States legal procedure requires that each party in a case should be notified if actions are taken against them in a court of law. Process serving is an important aspect of the Due Process of Law.People are notified of actions against them or court procedures involving them through the delivery of legal documents such as summons, complaints, subpoenas, order to show cause, and writs.

Substituted service. This legal process of service is when the documents are left with an adult resident of the named party at the targetís home, or with a management level employee at their place of business. There are also circumstances when posting in a prominent place (followed up by a certified mail copy) is an accepted method of service.

Who can serve papers?
When service of process was first instituted, it was performed by sheriffs or deputies, and agents of the court. This became a burden on law enforcement, so the legislation was changed. Now, in many states, any US citizen that is not a party to the case, over the age of 18, and residing in the state where the matter is to be tried can serve papers.

What does a Legal Process Server Do?
A legal process server delivers (serves) these documents to the defendant or individual listed on the legal document being served. Once the documents are delivered, an Affidavit of Service, also called a Proof of Service, is notarized and given to the party who requested the service.

How long does it take to get papers served?
Turn-around-time (or TAT) can vary from process server to process server. However, this is something that can be determined in most cases by you, which usually leads to a higher cost. Most process serverís rates for the following speeds of service, Same Day Service, Rush Service (first attempt usually within 3 days), Routine Service (first attempt with 5-7 days).

Where can defendants be served?
This depends on which province or state the papers are being served in or are coming from. This is also an important reason why you need a process server. In most provinces or states, you can serve anyone anywhere at any time. In some states like Virginia, Florida and others, you cannot serve someone at their residence on Sundays, nor can you serve them when they are traveling to and from a court of law. Some states donít allow serves to occur on holidays. Please check the laws in your area or consult with a professional process server.

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