What is Process Service?
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.