Occasionally people have questions about process serving. To make it easier, we have compiled the most common process serving questions and listed them below.
What is Service of Process?
The terms ‘service of process’ and ‘process serving’ are interchangeable. All legal proceedings in the US must be acknowledged by every party involved in a lawsuit that is to be heard in a court of law. This process service is the process of informing all parties of any applicable notifications regarding such a case. A process server is responsible for delivering documents to the party who is being sued. This paperwork documents and describes any legal action that they can expect to face. These documents may be a complaint, writ, a court summons, a subpoena or any other document that is generated by and sent from the court.
Where Can Papers be Served?
The answer to this question varies, depending on the state in which the papers are being served as well as the state they are coming from. Often, papers can be served at any time but some exceptions apply, such as in states that prohibit serving of papers at a person’s residence on a Sunday or holidays.
What Happens When a Target Cannot be Reached?
Sometimes defendants cannot be located in order to serve papers. It is admissible in some jurisdictions to instead put a notice in the local newspaper. In order for the court to consider this to be an acceptable option, there has to be evidence demonstrating that all attempts possible have been made to serve the papers adequately. This can be hard to do if you don’t have the help of a professional process service. If you need help serving papers to someone you are placing legal action against, reach out to us today.