What People Think About Process Servers
When people think of process servers, the first thing that comes to mind is someone peeking around corners in full costume in an effort to surprise the recipient. When the recipient is “served,” they become violently enraged and the disguise-clad process server runs off, ready for the next performance.
The Truth About Process Servers
However, this is far from the truth. While wearing disguises might make for interesting stories, it is unethical and frowned upon by experienced process servers in real life. In some areas, it’s outright prohibited! Continue reading →
When you need legal papers served on someone, it’s important that the service go as smoothly as possible. There are several factors to consider when it comes to how quickly the service goes and how many attempts the process server must make.
In this blog post, we’ll look at some of those factors that determine how many service attempts will be made:
When is the Court Date?
The clock starts ticking as soon as a process server is assigned to a case. To be valid, service must be completed at least two weeks before the scheduled court appearance. If there isn’t enough time, the process server won’t be able to make as many service attempts before looking for an alternative. Continue reading →
What is Service of Process?
Service of process is the act of officially delivering court-related documents, known as process, to relevant parties. Defendants are typically served with a summons and complaint, while witnesses and experts will receive a subpoena.
What is a Process Server?
A process server is an expert trained to deliver legal processes to its intended recipient. In Florida, private process servers must be certified by the court system for their work to be valid. Process servers typically receive assignments from legal firms and plaintiffs. They then deliver the assigned process and attest under penalty of perjury that it was delivered to the correct person. Continue reading →
When you think of a process server, you probably visualize someone sneaking around in a disguise trying to catch an unsuspecting target unawares, then proclaiming “You’ve been served!” as they hurl a pile of documents their way. While movies may portray process servers like this, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
What do process servers do?
Process servers are an integral part of the U.S. legal system. Without process servers, the flow of court cases would come to a standstill as people constantly failed to appear, most likely due to not knowing they needed to be there. Continue reading →
Hiring a certified process server to serve process on most civil court matters is required by Florida state law. Not using a credible process server can have serious consequences for your legal matters. When searching for a process server to hire, always be sure to check on the following items to avoid any problems down the road:
All process servers in Sarasota, DeSoto, and Manatee counties must be certified by Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit. To be certified, process servers must: Continue reading →
The State of Florida has strict laws related to process servers, and counties or judicial circuits are even legally permitted to impose even stricter laws, at their discretion. The process of following all local and state laws is extremely important as any deviation could pose devastating results for a client’s case.
By not adhering to the laws, process servers in Sarasota County, which is part of Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit, it can easily damage your client’s reputation, add extra expenses to the case, waste court resources, and ultimately lead to an end of your relationship with the client. This will undoubtedly affect your revenue and tarnish your own reputation, resulting in future clients passing you by.
At Accurate Serve®, we require that all of our servers closely follow all laws at all times. We have a zero-tolerance policy for any server who uses unethical or dishonest tactics to do their jobs, and we strongly discourage these practices across the entire industry.
There are two main areas where process servers must maintain legal compliance to retain the legal right to practice in the field. Continue reading →
Process servers play an essential role in the American legal system. They have an even more vital role here in Florida since process served here may only be served by either law enforcement or a certified private process server. With law enforcement already overstretched, it makes more sense to hire a private process server to handle your firm’s cases.
Process servers deliver court documents
Process servers deliver court case-related paperwork to its intended recipient, which is usually a defendant, witness, or other party involved in the case. This court paperwork is collectively called process. Process servers serve this process by finding the intended recipient and handing them the paperwork, typically in-person. If the process server cannot locate the intended recipient to deliver the papers by hand, a judge may allow the process server to deliver the paperwork via mail, in-person to another responsible party, or by publishing it in the local newspaper. Once the process server has satisfied all requirements for service, the recipient is considered to be served and the case will be heard by a judge on the date noted in the process. Continue reading →