Most Common Questions Asked About Process Serving
Process serving is a critical component of the legal system, and it is essential to have a basic understanding of the process. Here at Accurate Serve® of Sarasota, we’ve noticed that people have a lot of questions about who we are and what we do. In this post, we’ll go over some of the most common questions we get asked about the process serving here in Florida.
What is Process Serving?
Process serving is the procedure by which legal documents are delivered to individuals who are involved in a legal proceeding. These documents may include subpoenas, summons, complaints, and other court orders. The purpose of service of process is to notify individuals of their involvement in a legal case and to provide them with the opportunity to respond to the allegations against them.
Who Can Serve Legal Documents?
In most cases, legal documents must be served by a person who is authorized to do so. In Florida, the sheriff’s office, certified process servers, or a person appointed by a judge may serve process. Requirements for certification or appointment varies based on county and/or region.
How are Legal Documents Served?
Legal documents may be served in a variety of ways, depending on local rules and regulations. In some cases, legal documents may be delivered in person, while in other cases, they may be delivered by mail or sometimes even electronically. The specific method of service will depend on state laws for the type of legal document being served.
What Happens if Someone Refuses to Accept the Legal Documents?
If an individual refuses to accept legal documents, the process server has some options. They may request to serve the process by substitution or publication, which does not require the documents to be served in person. Once the process server meets the requirements for the service by substitution or publication, the recipient is considered served and expected to respond or show up in court.
Can Legal Documents be Served Outside of Regular Business Hours?
Yes, the process may be served 24 hours per day on every day of the week except Sunday here in Florida. However, if the process is being served on a business or to a business owner, it must be served during that business’ regular business hours.
What is the Cost of Process Serving?
The cost of process serving will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the type of legal document being served, the location of the individual being served, and the complexity of the service. For more information about Accurate Serve’s payment policies, click here.
How Long Does it Take to Serve Legal Documents?
In most cases, the process is served within a few days with no issues. However, we do occasionally get a case that takes a bit longer. Evasive process recipients or an inability to locate the process recipients are the most common reasons for the service of process being delayed. In some cases, it may take several weeks or even months to complete the service of process.
The Best Process Servers in Sarasota
Process serving is an important aspect of the legal system, and it is essential to have a basic understanding of the process. If you need to serve legal documents, it is important to work with a professional process server who has experience and expertise in delivering legal documents in your area. If you need service of process services in Sarasota or Bradenton, call Accurate Serve at 941-586-7897 or send us a work request online.