May 20 2011

What is a process server? What do they do?

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Process ServerIf a legal action is taken toward an individual in court, under US law, they have the explicit right to be notified of that fact. This notification procedure is known as Service of Process. A process server’s job is to deliver or “serve” specific legal documents (summonses, subpoenas, writs, etc.) to individuals that are involved in a court case. After serving these documents by hand, the process server will deliver a notarized “affidavit of service” as proof that the documents were served in the appropriate manner. Every state or jurisdiction has their own process serving laws and regulations that govern civil procedure. Process servers are required to adhere to these rules in order to properly and legally deliver court documents. In some cases, service of process may be accomplished through the mail and in extreme cases may be authorized through a publication.

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2 Responses to “What is a process server? What do they do?”

  1. Shawn McKinney says:

    Make sure when looking for a process server you ask if they are appointed, certified and/or licensed in the area the documents are to be served. This is very important and critical for the legal process to proceed. In finding an Arkansas Process Server, that process server must be appointed in that Judicial District. Make sure you ask for a copy of their orders signed by the administrative judge.

    • Kevin says:

      Thanks for the Advise! I just recieved a note at the door from a Process Server. They left a phone number to call. I called and he explained what was going on and he said I’ll call you tomorrow, I was guessing he wasn’t around to set something up. I owe back debt, 1,000$ on a credit card. I live in Michigan. He told me I still have some time to do something about it. He said something like the case isn’t until Aug 5 or something like that. What’s the best advise I can do right now?? I hope you can help lead me in the right direction.

      Thanks Again!!

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