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Process Serving 101: Frequently Asked Questions

You might not be ultimately familiar with the industry of process serving and that’s okay – we are here to help you understand it a little better! We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions and we have provided brief answers for you. Here they are:


What does process serving mean?

Process serving or service of process is a key part of what is known as the Due Process of Law. If there are any actions that are taken against someone in a court of law, that person must be notified of the fact under the law. Process service is the way to notify someone. A process server is a professional who should find this person and to hand-deliver court documents to them, just so they are fully informed. A process server may deliver summons, subpoenas, complaints, writs, or order-to-show cause – depending on the court case a person is involved in.


Each state has its own process serving rules and laws that govern civil procedure. Professional process servers know that they must follow these rules and laws in order to legally deliver court documents. In most cases, process servers must deliver documents to someone by hand. In some cases where it is not possible, “substituted service” might also be another option. In this process of service, court documents are left with management personnel at that person’s place of business, or are left with an adult resident at that person’s home. In some states, the service document is allowed to be published in a newspaper or other forms of publication. In such instances, the process server also needs to send a copy of the said documents via certified mail.


Who can deliver court documents as a process server?

Each state has varying laws in terms of governing service of process. There are states that require process servers to be registered in the country where they are employed, while there are also states that require process servers to have a valid license. There are also states that require process servers to post a surety bond. If you hire a process serving company that does not follow the rules and regulations of the state where your documents originated, then you can be held liable and your court case can also be affected negatively.


Why should you use a process server from Select Document?

Here are Select Document, we have a directory of process servers that were carefully pre-screened to give you a sense of assurance in choosing a process server. You get to have complete control over which process server you get to work with. By working directly with the process server who will be delivering your documents personally, you will be able to save time and money!


Check out our website today or give us a call at (416) 498.4546. We will be more than happy to assist you with your legal needs!