Sometimes getting papers served in your legal matter can be difficult. If the person needing to be served has a very hectic schedule during the week, it may be difficult to get them served during normal business hours. But can the process server act outside of this limited time frame? The simple answer is yes. Here is what you need to know.
Serving Papers on Weekends
It is completely legal for a private process server to serve papers on any day of the week, including Saturday and Sunday. Most often private process servers will attempt service on any day of the week other than Sunday. However, if the individual can only be found at home on a Sunday afternoon, the process server can serve the papers at that time if they wish. Papers can also be served in the evenings, although not late at night. Continue reading
There are some instances in which you might have a legal matter that you decide to handle yourself without an attorney. Small claims lawsuits, simple divorce proceedings, and other small matters do not necessarily require the services of an attorney. However, when you self-represent in court, you still have to follow the same rules, laws, and procedures as the attorneys in larger cases. Here is what you need to know.
Service of Process
The Constitution gives every citizen the right to due process in the legal system, and service of process is part of that obligation. If you file a case against another party or parties, you have to notify them individually of the filing so that they can respond accordingly. Serving legal papers to the other parties in the case fulfills due process because it notifies them of the case so that they can take action to defend themselves. Continue reading
When you have legal papers that need to be served, you want to make sure that you are choosing the most accurate and timely method. In the state of Florida, you can have legal papers served by either a sheriff’s department or a registered private process server. Here is what you need to know to make the right choice.
Sheriffs’ departments have a lot of pressing responsibilities, and serving legal papers is just one of those tasks. Serving legal papers is not the priority of a sheriff’s department. It is something that they do when they have time away from more important matters. Private process servers only serve legal papers. This means that in many cases, it is much faster to have legal papers served by a private process server. Continue reading
When you have court or legal papers that need to be served, it is important that you choose the right agent to handle the matter. In the state of Florida, only a registered private process server or sheriff’s deputy can serve papers. There are several good reasons to choose a local private process server to handle your matter.
Choosing a private process server that is based in your state or town helps your local economy. It is always best to shop locally, so that money stays in your community. Continue reading
You may think that you will never need a private process server, but there are actually several situations in which you might need to serve someone with legal papers. Being prepared and knowing when you need a private process server is important, especially if you tend to handle these matters on your own without an attorney. Here are some of the types of legal papers you might need served when working on a case on your own.
If you are a landlord with only a few properties, you might not have an attorney or property management company to handle your evictions for you. In Florida, initial three-day and seven-day eviction notices can be posted to the door by the landlord without a process server. However, if they do not remedy the lease violation or leave the property, you will have to file with the courts to have them removed. The court notice must be served by a private process server. Continue reading