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 process to its intended recipient. In Georgia, 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
Process servers must know the laws governing their trade in and out. Even minor mistakes in service of process can have huge consequences for the related court case, including grounds for dismissal. Avoiding mistakes in service of process saves time and money for your firm and keeps your clients happy. The most common process server mistakes are:
Not preparing well enough
Process servers should attempt to gather all possible information about their target before they ever attempt service. This information can include the target’s name, possible nicknames, addresses, workplace, school affiliation, and more. By collecting this information ahead of time, multiple service attempts can be made at different locations on the same day without having to stop back by an office. Information gathered can also give you deep insight into the target’s life and past. For example, you may discover that your target is a guest speaker at a local convention and decide to catch up with them there. It is also important to determine if the target has a history of violence, which will prepare the process server for a potentially hostile scene. Preparation is key to serving process effectively. Continue reading
The best process servers complete their assigned jobs within the confines of the law. The Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia, oversees process servers in Atlanta. Knowing the rules and regulations governing the service of process can be the difference between getting someone a fair settlement or possibly discrediting their entire case. To be a better process server in Atlanta, you must: Continue reading
If you’ve ever received court papers, then you’ve probably been “served” by a process server.
Being “served” is an action performed by process servers as the first step of any civil lawsuit. You never know when you will find yourself initiating or receiving service, so it’s important to understand the basics.
What Is Service of Process?
Service of process is the initial step required to begin a lawsuit. It’s so important because it includes all of the steps necessary to inform other parties of their involvement in the lawsuit. Service of process makes these notifications using the formal delivery of papers like complaints and motions. Continue reading
Your law firm processes hundreds of cases every month, which amounts to hundreds of thousands of documents and papers. You’re responsible for creating, filing, and handling your clients’ most important and sensitive legal matters, which is exactly why your law firm needs the support of a document retrieval company.
If there’s one thing the court system generates daily, it’s documents. Every motion, filing, briefing, verdict, or claim within a jurisdiction leads to a document being filed at the county clerk’s office. Continue reading
Most people don’t welcome the process of a divorce, but for many couples, it becomes necessary to end their marriage and move on in separate directions. Since marriage is a legal institution, divorce must also follow specific legal requirements. If you are currently beginning your divorce or suspecting it will occur in the near future, this guide will help you get started.
Don’t Skip Service of Process!
Although many state laws vary throughout the country, Florida remains consistent with all other states that cannot take legal action against somebody who has not been properly informed of the legal process. Continue reading