Why You Should Never Avoid a Process Server
At Accurate Serve of Daytona Beach, we have seen a fair share of individuals trying to avoid being served legal documents. Whether it’s out of fear, anxiety, or ignorance of the legal process, avoiding a process server is never a good idea. Here are some of the reasons why you should never avoid a process server.
Avoiding a process server will not make your legal problems disappear. In fact, it can lead to even more significant legal consequences. When you avoid being served, the process server will resort to alternative methods to serve you, such as service by substitution or service by publication. So no matter how far you run, you will eventually be deemed “served” and the case against you will proceed. Continue reading
Do Papers Have to be Faxed or Mailed to a Process Server?
Now that you’ve filed your civil case in Volusia County, it’s time to have a process server appointed for your case. You’ll want to choose a process server who is familiar with the area, reputable, and available to get your process served fast. Accurate Serve® of Daytona Beach checks off all the boxes for high-quality process service in Volusia County. Simply contact us at 386-569-8475 for help filing a motion to have us appointed to your case, then send us your case documents using our online submission tool. Can’t send the documents online? No worries! There are several other methods you can use to get us the required paperwork.
According to eFax, over 17 billion documents are sent each year worldwide via fax machines. Fax services are offered at most office supply and shipping retail services locations, making fax a good option for people who don’t have reliable access to the internet or the ability to scan and upload documents. In Florida, it is acceptable to send process documents to a process service agency via fax. For our fax number, call us at 386-569-8475. Continue reading
Service of Process: Important Things You Should Know
You’ve filed your civil complaint in Volusia County and received the initial case summons from the Clerk of Court…now what? The next step in your legal journey is to serve the summons and complaint to every defendant named in your suit. Additionally, if you intend to call any witnesses during the case, you’ll need to serve them with subpoenas requesting their appearance. So is it time to make some copies and start knocking on doors? NO! Serving process is an essential part of the legal system with specific rules that must be followed.
Service of Process is Required
If you’re thinking about skipping serving the process in your civil case and just showing up on the scheduled court date, think again. Service of process is absolutely required before any court case can proceed in Florida. The Clerk of Court where the case was filed will keep an eye out for confirmation that all defendants have been properly served within the required timeframe, as proof of said service must be documented and should be filed with the court upon completion. If the clerk cannot verify that everyone was served, the case will be delayed (or worse) until everyone is properly notified. Continue reading
What Does a Document Retrieval Company Do?
If you’re an attorney handling multiple cases at once, you can easily start drowning in all the paperwork that is involved. Each case usually requires dozens, if not hundreds, of documents to be located, analyzed, and stored for easy reference. Depending on the size of your firm, you may even have to hire multiple people just to handle all the documents. That means extra labor costs, extra overhead costs, and extra stress managing additional employees.
What is Document Retrieval?
You can avoid all that hassle by using a professional document retrieval company, like Accurate Serve of Daytona Beach. Document retrieval is quite simply the process of locating any type of document. There really is no limit to what type of documentation can be found with document retrieval. Continue reading
Rules Every Process Server Must Follow
There’s a lot of confusion out there related to what process servers are and are not allowed to do while serving process. Hollywood has played a part in distorting the public’s view about what a process server does, depicting servers in disguises sneaking up on unsuspecting victims. However, professional process servers, like those here at Accurate Serve® in East Central Florida, never behave this way. Additionally, the state of Florida also governs and oversees the process server industry here.
Process servers in Florida must abide by the following rules in order to serve process legally: Continue reading
Qualities You Should Look for in Your Process Server
Who you use to serve your case’s process to defendants and witnesses matters. Florida has strict laws and regulations on who can and cannot be a process server in our state. Using a process server that doesn’t meet the required guidelines is a big no-no and could result in your case being delayed or even thrown out! In this post, we’ll review the qualities that you should be looking for when interviewing potential process servers.
Process Servers Must Meet Florida’s Minimum Requirements
Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, and St. John’s counties all belong to Florida’s 7th Judicial Circuit. The 7th circuit is a little different than most other judicial circuits in Florida. Instead of maintaining a list of approved process servers, servers in Volusia, Putnam, and Flagler must be individually approved to serve process for each and every case they work. In St. Johns County, process servers are approved by the Sheriff’s office. Continue reading
4 Reasons You Need a Process Server
If you’re preparing to file a lawsuit, you probably already know that you will need to have the court summons and complaint, collectively known as process, served on the case’s defendants. Serving process is simply delivering the court paperwork to the intended recipient or a suitable alternative. In Florida, you’re not allowed to serve the process in your own case yourself…you must use either your local sheriff’s office or a private process server. In this post, we’ll discuss four reasons why you’ll want to opt for a private process server for your case. Continue reading
Reasons a Process Server Matters
Process servers are an essential component of the legal system in the United States. Without process servers, court cases would come to a halt as individuals frequently failed to appear, most likely due to a lack of knowledge that they were required to do so. But there’s a lot of misinformation out there about what process servers do or why they are necessary, so we’re here to explain.
What do Process Servers Actually Do?
Process servers notify individuals and companies about court cases filed against them as well as future court dates. Individuals and businesses would likely not even realize they needed to appear in court if these notifications were not provided. Process servers are also responsible for making sure that the notification is delivered on time so that the defendant(s) may prepare fully for their case, as required by law. Continue reading
Why You Should Never Lie to a Process Server?
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
Spotting a Fake Process Server
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