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Mistakes Made By Process Servers that Have BIG Consequences

In the realm of legal proceedings, ensuring that all parties involved are adequately informed is paramount. This is where the role of a process server becomes crucial. However, even in this essential task, errors can occur. Let’s delve into some common mistakes made by process servers and the significant consequences they can bring.

Serving Documents to the Wrong Individual

This is a fundamental error. Serving legal papers to an incorrect person not only disrupts the legal timeline but can also jeopardize the validity of the entire case. Continue reading

What You Should Do If You Are Serving Divorce Papers

Divorce is a sensitive and emotionally charged subject. As process servers, we play a crucial role in ensuring that the legal proceedings are carried out smoothly and professionally. At Accurate Serve in Jacksonville, FL, we understand the gravity of the situation and take special care when serving divorce papers. Here are some key considerations that we always keep in mind.

Be Honest

Transparency is the cornerstone of any legal process, and serving divorce papers is no exception. When we approach the individual to be served, we make it clear who we are and why we are there. There’s no room for ambiguity; the recipient must know that they are receiving legal documents. This not only fulfills our legal obligation but also establishes a level of trust, however minimal, in a situation that is often fraught with tension. Continue reading

Is it Legal For a Process Server to Serve Through Social Media?

In an increasingly digital world where social media has profoundly impacted our lives and how we communicate, it’s no surprise that it’s shaping the legal sphere as well. Among the aspects influenced by this transformation is the process of serving legal papers. While the traditional way of serving papers involves delivering them in person to the recipient, the digital age has opened the door to using social media platforms for service of process in specific scenarios. However, is serving process via social media legal in Florida? Let’s delve into the legality and guidelines around this unconventional method of service. Continue reading

Mistakes Commonly Made By Process Servers

As a process service agency committed to delivering efficient and reliable service, Accurate Serve of Jacksonville understands the importance of accuracy and attention to detail in our profession. However, we also recognize that mistakes can occur, even among experienced process servers. Below, we will shed light on some common mistakes made by process servers and offer insights into how to avoid them. By recognizing and rectifying these errors, we can enhance the overall effectiveness and professionalism of process serving.

Insufficient Documentation

One of the most common mistakes made by process servers is failing to maintain thorough documentation and proof of service. Detailed and accurate records are essential for legal purposes, ensuring the validity of the served documents. Process servers must document every step of the service, including date, time, location, and recipient information. Neglecting to maintain proper documentation can result in legal challenges and undermine the credibility of the served documents and the server. Continue reading

How is a Person Out of State Served?

Accurate Serve® of Jacksonville is a trusted process service agency located in Jacksonville, Florida. We understand that legal matters can extend beyond state lines, and serving process to individuals located outside the state of Florida can present unique challenges. In this post, we will discuss the process and methods involved in serving individuals outside Florida’s jurisdiction and explain how Accurate Serve® can efficiently handle these situations.

Understanding Out-of-State Service of Process

The serving process refers to the legal act of delivering legal documents, such as complaints, summonses, or subpoenas, to individuals involved in a legal matter. When the person being served is located outside the state of Florida, the process becomes more complex. The key to serving process out of state is to adhere to legal procedures and ensure compliance with the laws of both Florida and the jurisdiction in which the process is actually being served. Florida’s official stance on the serving process that originates in Florida or anywhere outside of Florida can be found in Chapter 48.194 of the 2022 Florida Statutes. Continue reading

A Guide to the Types of Papers Served by Process Servers

Here at Accurate Serve® of Jacksonville, Jacksonville’s premier private process service agency, we understand the importance of serving legal documents in a timely and accurate manner. Whether you’re a lawyer, a private individual, or a business owner, you will probably need the services of a process server at some point in your life. In our guide below, we’ll provide you with an overview of the types of papers that can be served by process servers. Continue reading

The Ways Technology in Service of Process is Delivering Better Results

The legal industry has been one of the last holdups in making the transition from pen and paper to the digital world, and the service of process is no exception. While there are still many parts of the service of process that require physical paperwork, technology is slowly revolutionizing the process service industry not just in Florida, but nationwide. In this post, we will discuss some of the ways technology is changing the process service industry and how it is benefiting process servers and clients alike.

Case Management

One of the biggest changes that technology has brought to the process service industry is the ability to manage cases and clients more efficiently. With the use of software and cloud-based systems, process service agencies can now track the status of each case in real time, assign tasks to process servers, and monitor their progress. This has made it easier for process servers to manage their workload and ensure that they are meeting their client’s needs promptly. For example, at Accurate Serve® of Jacksonville, we offer all of our clients the ability to track their cases in real time using our online status tracker. Continue reading

Why You Should Hire a Process Server for Evictions

Serving legal documents is not always an easy task. This is especially true in cases of eviction, which can be emotionally charged and stressful. In this post, we will discuss why you should hire a process server for evictions and the benefits that come with it.

Expertise and Experience

Process servers are experts in serving legal documents, including evictions. They have the necessary experience and knowledge to serve documents quickly and efficiently, which is especially important in cases of eviction.  Continue reading

Will the Process Server File Proof of Service with the Court?

Once you’ve filed your complaint with Duval County’s Civil Court and received a summons for your case, it’s time to hire a private process server to deliver the summons, complaint, and any other pertinent documents to the defendants named in the lawsuit. You may also need a process server to deliver subpoenas to witnesses you intend to call during the case. But how will you, and Duval County Court, know that the process has been successfully served?

What is Proof of Service?

Proof of service is a document that is completed by the process server once the process has been successfully delivered to the named defendants. In Florida, proof of service typically contains the date and time of service along with the name, signature, and identification number of the process server. If the person being served agrees to sign the proof of service, this is highly recommended. Continue reading

The Dangers of Fraudulent Process Servers

You may feel like all the scammers are currently working on selling extended warranties for vehicles, but trust us, they’re everywhere. Scam process servers are a big issue here in Florida. These unscrupulous servers know that anyone who files a civil lawsuit here in Jacksonville must use either law enforcement or a process server approved by the sheriff’s office to serve the process for their case, so they’re chomping at the bit once they can see that a case has been filed. Once they get you on the hook, you’ll be lucky if all they do is run off with your cash. Here are just a few of the dangers that are involved with using a fraudulent process server:

Lost Money

What’s the #1 thing that fraudulent process servers are trying to get out of you? If you guessed cash, then you win the prize! Stealing your money is a scammer’s top goal, and they’ll say or do anything to achieve it. After they’ve convinced you that they’re a legitimate server, they’ll likely ask you to pay for the entire service up front using either cash or a peer-to-peer payment app like Cash App or Zelle. Once you’ve sent the payment, they’ll disappear like a ghost, never to be seen or heard from again. Continue reading