Using a credible process server in Florida isn’t just recommended…it’s the law. Only servers certified and approved by the appropriate judicial circuit may serve legal process in the state. If you use an illegitimate process server, any service provided will be invalid and your case might even get thrown out. Make sure you hire a reputable process server that has all the following qualities:
Certification or Appointment
All private process servers in Florida must be certified and approved by the judicial circuit in which they intend to work or appointed by the county sheriff. Florida has 20 judicial circuits, with most containing multiple counties. Nine counties use sheriff-appointed process servers only. Further complicating matters, 14 Florida counties have no formal process server program in place and servers must be appointed by a judge for each individual service. Regardless of how the process server is approved to serve, the requirements are similar in all counties: Continue reading
It’s a question we get all the time: Why not just use the local sheriff’s department to serve process? While it is true that sheriff deputies are allowed to serve process, it’s not always in your best interest to use them over a private process server. Private process servers are a better choice in many cases because they:
Ensure service of process is legally compliant.
Errors in service of process can have huge ramifications for your case. The defendant may even be able to ask for dismissal if there is no proof of service. In some cases, the defendant may even have grounds for dismissal of the entire case. The delays caused by process service errors are costly and time-consuming for all parties. The process servers here at Accurate Serve in Sarasota are certified by Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit to serve process in Sarasota, Desoto, and Manatee counties. Prospective servers must demonstrate extensive knowledge of Florida’s process server laws to obtain this certification. Annual recertification is also required. Continue reading
Process serving can be a dangerous job. Every day, process servers maintain daily responsibilities that require them to deliver papers informing people of their involvement in unwanted or expensive lawsuits.
Despite not having anything to do with the legal proceedings, process servers are all too often blamed for the defendant’s legal troubles. Some recipients take their anger out on the process servers, making this line of work more dangerous than most.
The courageous men and women who work as process servers gain a unique education throughout their careers, especially when serving recipients who are desperate to avoid service. Below is a compilation of lessons from process servers who have seen it all. Continue reading
The American court system presides over a wide range of legal issues. The right paperwork can make or break a case, which is why it’s so important to serve court papers properly. Process servers deliver essential legal documents to recipients to help the wheels of the legal system keep turning.
Accurate Serve® Serves All Non-Enforceable Civil Process
Accurate Serve Sarasota specializes in serving all non-enforceable civil processes, including summonses, complaints, petitions, and motions. Continue reading
Traditionally, the service of the process requires papers to be served in person. But in today’s world that is so heavily driven and influenced by social media, judges are allowed social media service of process with more frequency.
The Changing Nature of Social Media
Facebook and Twitter began as sites for college students interested in alternative ways of communicating and sharing their thoughts, but both platforms have transformed into cornerstones of society. Middle schoolers and senior citizens alike are on Facebook and Twitter now. This predominance of social media means that most people can be found on Facebook and Twitter even when their current address or phone number cannot be uncovered. Continue reading
Scammers take every possible opportunity to swindle people out of their data and money. This is even true in the world of process serving.
Make sure you can recognize the signs of a fake process server so that your private information doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.
They Ask for Money
Process servers are paid by the people who hire them. The people who receive the papers are never responsible for payment. Any process server who attempts to ask for money, such as a processing or delivery fee, is not a legitimate process server. If this happens to you, immediately refuse the service and contact law enforcement to report the incident. Continue reading