Avoiding a process server is an all-around bad idea. Process servers uphold your conditional right as a defendant to due process. If a process server attempts to serve you as a defendant, a witness, or a relevant stakeholder; It is in your best interest to comply and receive service. Avoiding service can lead to:
More expensive and lengthier trial
In addition to multiple process server charges for the multiple service attempts, avoiding process service can lead to extra attorney charges, extra court costs, and fines. Repeatedly avoiding service can also cause court dates to be rescheduled, lengthening the trial significantly. Continue reading
So you’ve filed your complaint and received a summons from the Leon County Clerk of Court…now what? It’s time to hire a process server! You want to make sure you are hiring someone who is certified to serve in the area, knows and follows the law, and provides proof of service. When hiring any process server in Tallahassee you should ask:
Are you certified in Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit?
Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit presides over all of Leon County, including Tallahassee. Other counties included in the 2nd Circuit are Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, and Wakulla. Private process servers must be approved by a 2nd Circuit Judge to serve process here. Approval involves: Continue reading
The procedure for becoming a process server in Florida is not one-size-fits-all. According to the 2010 Florida Statutes, either the sheriff in each county or the chief judge of each judicial circuit may maintain a list of approved process servers. In counties where no list is maintained, the process server must be approved by a judge in each case. Here in Tallahassee, process servers are approved by Florida’s 2nd judicial circuit under Administrative Order # 2015-06.
Several steps must be completed to apply to become a process server in Tallahassee. Since we are included in the 2nd circuit, an application to the circuit will allow you to work in Leon County, and also Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, and Wakulla counties. To become a process server in Tallahassee, you must: Continue reading
It might not be a fun experience for the person on the receiving end, but being “served” is a part of a procedure called service of process, and it’s the first step of any civil lawsuit. This is why process servers are so essential to the legal process as a whole.
What Is Service of Process?
Service of process is the initial step required to begin a lawsuit. It’s so important because it includes all of the steps necessary to inform other parties of their involvement in the lawsuit. Service of process makes these notifications using the formal delivery of papers like complaints and motions. Continue reading
There are plenty of professionals you are familiar with paying to complete some task for you: a landscaper, a party planner, and a plumber, for instance. But what about a process server?
Until you need a process server, you may not even realize the job exists! Process servers serve many crucial roles, and when it comes to lawsuits, you may find yourself needing their help for any of the following reasons.
What is a Process Server?
A process server is a person who is legally certified to deliver court orders and court documents relating to a defendant’s presence in court. Aside from court-appointed officials like the sheriff, process servers are the only individuals who can serve defendants with the papers necessary to advance a court case or legal situation. Continue reading
Process servers are best known for delivering legal documents to the homes of strangers and declaring the infamous words, “You’ve been served.”
While this service of process is the most prominent responsibility among process servers, they also perform essential tasks that may help your law firm operate more efficiently.
If there’s one thing the court system generates on a daily basis, it’s documents. Every motion, filing, briefing, verdict, or claim within a jurisdiction leads to a document being filed at the county clerk’s office. Continue reading