If you’ve ever been served by a process server, you’ve probably wondered why the court uses them in the first place. Can’t anyone deliver paperwork? Well, the truth is, process servers accomplish a lot more than just handing off court documents to their intended recipient. You’ll likely be surprised to know process servers uphold one of our nation’s fundamental civil rights, along with keeping the court system flowing as smoothly as possible. In this post, we’ll discuss why process servers are so important to our country’s and state’s legal system.
Process Servers Give Everyone Time to Prepare
A process server’s main job is to deliver court paperwork to all parties involved. This paperwork must be delivered within a specific timeline. Process servers ensure that all paperwork makes it to its intended destination well within the set deadline, giving the case litigants and witnesses ample time to prepare their defense/testimony. If process servers did not serve court documents in this manner, many court dates would be missed, possibly with costly results for whoever didn’t realize they had to appear in court. Continue reading
Georgia state law requires that all court process be served by either a certified private process server, like those here at Accurate Serve® of Atlanta, or by law enforcement. While it may seem convenient to request service by law enforcement while filing your case at the courthouse, this isn’t always the best option. In this post, we’ll discuss the benefits of using a private, certified process server to handle your case process instead of taking up law enforcement resources.
Process servers have a very specific job–serving process. They work with the laws and rules governing the process service industry here in Georgia every day. Unlike law enforcement, process servers don’t spend large portions of their days engaged in tasks unrelated to process service. Even when process servers do other tasks, they are typically related to the process service industry, such as skip tracing or diligent searches. Police officers simply cannot devote the same time and effort to serving process as a private server, and quite frankly, we feel their time is better used in other areas. Whether you’re an attorney for a large firm or an individual filing a single case, you deserve the dedication that only a private process server can provide. Continue reading
Process serving is a very adaptable and laid-back career that is perfect for those who don’t want to be confined to a chair all day. But did you know that process servers have an extremely hazardous job? Some of the biggest threats to process servers include:
The main concern of process service is, as you might expect, violent recipients of process. Process servers have been assaulted and even murdered by enraged defendants upset about their legal case. Continue reading
Process servers are people who deliver legal documents to defendants or other individuals involved in a court case. They must follow specific laws, rules, and regulations when serving process, which strictly prohibits lying about who they are or the purpose of their visit, disguising themselves as someone else or using props. While process servers cannot break the law, they sometimes have to get creative to carry out their duties.
Lying of Any Kind is Not Allowed
A process server must be completely honest about their identity and purpose for visiting the person they’re attempting to serve. This means that process servers cannot pretend to be someone else, such as a law enforcement officer or a friend of the person being served. Additionally, process servers in Georgia are not allowed to wear a disguise while carrying out their duties. Continue reading
You’ve filed your civil case or lawsuit in Fulton County Court and received the official court summons…now what?
It’s time to serve the defendants named in the case with the summons and complaint. To do so, you’ll need to either use Fulton County’s law enforcement servers or find a private process server.
If you’ve never hired a private process server before, you may not know what to ask or look for. In this post, we’ll go over our top three tips on finding the best process server for the job (Spoiler alert: Accurate Serve® of Atlanta has the best process servers in Fulton County, hands down!) Continue reading
If you’re an individual filing a civil lawsuit in Atlanta or an attorney at a firm that handles hundreds of cases per year, you’re going to have to serve the case defendants properly for your case to proceed in court.
Using a professional, reputable process server is recommended because they are:
In Atlanta, using a process server who is certified by the 5th Judicial Administrative District is required for the service to be legal. In order to be certified in the 5th district, process servers must: Continue reading
When the process server you’ve hired is having a difficult time locating the process’ intended recipient, you may be left wondering how long it is going to take to find them. With court deadlines looming, not being able to find a party in your case is very frustrating. However, there are several reasons why a process server might not be able to find their target:
One of the most common reasons why a process recipient can be difficult to locate is because the information the process server has is outdated. This information can come from whoever hired the process server, online records, court records, or other sources. When the most current information available for a person is outdated and incorrect, the process server must use other methods to try to locate the person, which takes significantly more time. Continue reading
Once your case is filed and a summons is issued, it’s time to find a process server to deliver the relevant documents to the parties of the case. When searching for a process server to handle your firm’s process service needs, it’s vital that you ask the following questions to ensure you’re using a legitimate, reputable service, like Accurate Serve® of Atlanta:
Are you an approved process server by the Superior Court of Fulton County?
Only court-approved individuals are allowed to serve process here in Atlanta. The Superior Court of Fulton County handles all process server applications, renewals, training, and more. Click here for a list of currently approved process servers in Fulton County. Continue reading