St. Joseph process servers are used in a variety of tasks such as serving summonses, subpoenas, mechanics liens, and notices, as well as sometimes document retrieval. The main job of a St. Joseph process serving company is to serve legal documents to a defendant, a witness, records custodian, or other interested party in a court case.
After serving any legal documents, Saint Joseph process servers must provide the client with an affidavit to be filed by the client with their court to prove the service of process was completed. States vary as to whether the service of process must be notarized.
St. Joseph process servers are legally required to serve papers in the correct manner laid out by the state where the legal documents originated. Process serving laws vary by state, so each individual process server should be advised by his out of state client if there are any particular laws to be followed exclusive to the state of origin.
Florida documents require certain notations on the service document to be made by the process server when effectuating service. Most states allow process to be served seven days a week except, most notably, Florida, New York and Texas. They do not allow Sunday service.
If there are any laws specific to your state, let your process server know in writing prior to the service of process.
Why Choose Action Legal Process?
We hire our process servers who work directly for us as contractors. When you hire a company that subcontracts with another company, your prices are higher and quality control is lower.
In those areas where we do not have a local server, let us vet the server and control the quality.
With Action Legal Process, we compete for price and value.
Notarizing our server's signature on your affidavits as required is no extra fee.
Every time we make an attempt or when we make a successful serve, you get an email.
Our service attempts are initiated in two business days. Do you need same day service or priority service? Let us know..
Fill out our online form for a quote, we'll reply so you can email your documents, and then pay online via a secure server to get our process server started on your job.
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1) Email us your documents you want served and the service address information.
2) We email you a payment link and we send your documents to our closest server.
3) You get an email with details of every service attempt.
4) Upon completion, we email you a notarized affidavit and mail you the original.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why Should I Hire a Process Server?
Typically, a process server is more tenacious than law enforcement in atempting a service of process. A process server will attempt a serve when they are more likely to be successful rather than when they may be in the neighborhood. Further, a process server will likely attempt different dayparts and various days of the week in order to ensure success.
Having said that, successful service is not guaranteed. See below under "What is Due Diligence?"
What are the Responsibilities of a Process Server?
A process server is required to serve various legal documents to a party in a lawsuit. They do not deliver, they serve. This includes summonses, subpoenas to third paries to testify in court or produce documents, formal complaints, and writs.
A process server can help you locate a defendant to provide service of process, but that is an additional fee. Most states require process servers to be of a certain age and have no interest in the case.
A process server cannot and should not provide legal advice. If you are representing yourself, it is up to you to research legal questions on your own. However, it is advisable that you get legal counsel to represent you instead.
What is Due Diligence?
No process server can guarantee service will be successful. All a professional process server can affirm ist hat due diligence will be conducted for a certain number of attempts the client pays.
Due diligence is an earnest effort to try to have successful service; different times of day, different days of the week.
Depending on the circumstance, the process server may knock on a neighbor's door if they do not get an answer at the address they are attempting to service. The process server may make note of license plates, current landscaping, a large volume of mail sticking out of the box, dogs barking in the house, etc.
Do I Want Routine Service, Rush Service or Priority Service?
Different people define these terms in various ways. The best thing to do when you ask for a price quote is to immediatly inform the process serving company representative if you need it done same day, tomorrow, in two days or if it is routine service. Routine service can be one week or more. In other words, be specific as to what your deadline is. State the date rather than use a term such as routine or prioirty.
You will most likely pay more if you need the serve expedited or if you need the server at a locaiton attempting service at a specific date and time.
How Much Does a Process Server Cost?
If you are a law firm with bulk serves on an ongoing basis, you are likely to get a volume discount. If this is a one time need or you have fewer than ten a month, you could expect to pay $75 and up. There will be additional fees for time and mileage if there is not a server near the service address.
You will also pay an additional fee if you want the process server to skip trace or locate an address for the servee. This averages $200 and up.
What is an Affidavit of Service or Return of Service?
Upon completion, the process serving company will provide you with a Proof of Service. Whether this be a notarized affidavit for a summons (an affidavit of service), or a return of service acknowledging the serve or non-serve of the party. Typically, subpoenas do not requirea notarized affidavit and a return signed by the process server is sufficient.