No matter how good a person you are, everyone tries to cut corners when possible. Whether you’re trying to save time or money, you might be tempted to try to serve legal papers yourself or not have them served at all. After all, how will the courts know? In truth, the courts usually know if papers have been served accurately, even if it requires an inquiry.
Service of Process
When you have any type of civil legal matter, you have to have the petition or complaint served to the other party or parties in the case in order for your case to move forward in the courts. This is called service of process. In the state of Florida, only court registered private process servers or sheriff’s deputies can legally serve papers, unless you have a minor civil matter that allows for service by certified mail (such as small claims). Continue reading
When you have any type of case in the state of Florida, you will find that you have a burden of serving documents to the other parties in the case. When this happens, you only have two choices in Jackson— the sheriff’s department or a certified private process server. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between the two, and how to make a decision about which way to have your papers served.
The sheriff’s department charges a fee for process service, and it is usually very similar to the fees charged by private process servers in the area. Sometimes the county fee is actually more than a process server will charge for basic service. For the most part, the only time you will run into higher costs with private process service is if additional services such as skip tracing become necessary. Continue reading
The courts will require that legal papers be served to all parties listed in a civil case. But who can serve the papers? Can you deliver them yourself? Can you have a friend do it? Here are the answers you need to know.
Sheriffs and Private Process Servers
In the state of Florida, only sheriffs and registered private process servers can serve legal papers for the courts. You cannot have a friend deliver the papers, nor can you deliver them yourself. Parties in a case must be served to ensure due process, and the courts need documentation that this has been done. By requiring a sheriff or registered process server to deliver the papers, they get confirmation of service from an independent third party. Continue reading
Most people have heard of process servers, even those who have never had a personal experience with them, but many people do not realize what an important role process servers play in the court system. Without process servers, the entire structure of the legal system and the preservation of constitutional rights would crumble.
What Does a Process Server Do?
A process server does more than just hand deliver documents to individuals and companies. They are much more than curriers. A process server ensures that all parties to a court case are notified of the case and their responsibilities for court appearances and process. When you file a court case, such as a lawsuit or divorce, the other person named in the case must be notified. This notification has to be documented and proven to the court. Continue reading
When you have legal papers that need to be served, you want to know that they will be served quickly and accurately so that your case can move forward in the courts. It is very important that you choose a private process server who is going to serve your papers accurately. Here’s what that means and why it is important.
What Is an Accurate Serve?
There are certain guidelines that process servers must follow when serving papers. These guidelines dictate what proof of identity the process server must obtain in order to leave the papers. It also dictates when a signature accepting the papers is necessary and how the papers can be delivered or posted. These guidelines are different for different types of cases. Continue reading