If you’re being served with legal papers, it’s important, to be honest with the process server. Lying to a process server can only make your situation worse and will not help you avoid having to appear in court. So, if you’re served with papers, plan to appear in court as scheduled.
There are some serious consequences to lying to a process server, including:
On each service attempt, a process server incurs additional costs, extra court time, and attorney expenses associated with rescheduling times. If the judge believes you are maliciously avoiding the process server, you will be made responsible for any extra expenditures incurred due to the delays. This also includes paying increased attorney fees for the claimant! Continue reading
It may sound crazy, but there are actually people out there who pretend to be process servers. They see it as a quick way to make a buck, but hiring a fake process server in Florida can mean big trouble for your court case. Before you slip up and hire a phony server, read through our tips on spotting these imposters:
Tip #1: Ask to See Past Orders
In Volusia County, a private process server must be appointed to each and every case in which they intend to serve process by a circuit civil court judge. Experienced process servers should have no problem showing your copies of past orders where they were appointed to cases with the client’s information redacted. Continue reading
Volusia County handles appointments of process servers differently than most Florida counties. While Volusia County, along with Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns, are all part of Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit. The 7th Judicial Circuit allows each county to decide how they want to handle certifying and appointing process servers (other than law enforcement). St. Johns is the only county in the 7th circuit that has chosen to allow the Sheriff’s department to appoint these “special process servers”. In Volusia, Putnam, and Flagler counties, private process servers are appointed on a case by case basis by a judge with the county civil court. Continue reading
If you are owed cash, property, or other assets in Volusia County, you must file a civil lawsuit to recover what you are owed. The first step in this process is to figure out which civil court is the most appropriate to hear your case.
Once you have determined which civil court has jurisdiction over your case, you need to gather the required paperwork to file. In this post, we will discuss the general procedures for filing a case with small claims court. Note that for any case in Volusia county you have the right to hire an attorney to assist you. However, the use of an attorney is not required, especially for simple small claims cases. Continue reading
Upon filing your court case in Volusia County, it’s essential to find a trusted process server. Volusia County is one of the few counties in Florida that requires the Motion & Order System to appoint process servers to each case. This means a judge must appoint a process server as it will not be served by law enforcement.
Certified Process Servers are Required by Florida State Law
The State of Florida doesn’t just allow anyone to provide process serving like in other states. By law, a sheriff’s deputy or a certified private process server must be the ones to officially hand off your case process to its intended recipient. In Volusia County, a judge must individually appoint private process servers to cases as they are filed. By choosing a reputable process service agency like Accurate Serve®, you’ll be provided with the name of the server, and they will be ready for when the time comes for the appointment. If your firm handles many cases at once, you can expedite the appointment process by having a dedicated Accurate Serve® process server appointed to all your cases. Continue reading
If you serve process for long enough, you will eventually have to serve it to a business. In this post, we discuss the Florida laws surrounding service of process for some different types of businesses.
Florida’s 2021 Statutes of Civil Practice and Procedure, Chapter 48, goes into detail about how to serve process on different types of businesses. The state specifies procedures for: Continue reading