Process Serving is the delivery of legal documents to an individual or party, notifying them of their involvement in a court proceeding. Process serving is an important aspect of the Due Process of Law.
What if the defendant does not accept service or can not be found?
In most cases, an individual does not have to formally accept service for it to be considered effective. If the defendant comes to the door but refuses the papers, the process server may have to leave them at their feet and walk away. If the named party in the documents cannot be found, the court may allow service by publication in a newspaper. However, the plaintiff may be asked to prove to the court that a reasonable attempt was made to serve the defendant or the person named.
What are the responsibilities of a process server?
The main duty of a process server is to deliver legal documents to the person named in the documents. Once the documents get delivered, a notarized affidavit of service or a proof of service is delivered back to whomever requested the service.
What are the benefits to using a professional process server?
The benefits to using a professional process server is investigative knowledge, neutral party, reliability, professionalism and expertise. A process server will understand the local and federal laws pertaining to your legal matter and will ensure that the delivery of your documents meets the courts requirements.