If you are suing a company rather than an individual, there are additional rules that you, your attorney, and your process server must follow. While court documents can be served to an individual listed on the papers, there can be confusion when the entity on the papers is a company rather than an individual person.
There are certain rules about who can be served for a company. It will vary slightly by jurisdiction, although in general the rules in Florida are similar throughout the state. So who at the company gets the papers? Can you just leave them with any employee? Continue reading
When you need legal papers served, you want to know that you have a process server you can trust. There are several things you should look for in a private process server. Here are the best ways to choose a process server.
Experience and Know-How
It is important that your private process server has experience in their field, as well as knowledge of current Florida law and guidelines for serving process. Check not only the age of the company, but also the average number of years of experience of the individual process servers. While it is normal and perfectly fine to use a process server with less experience, they should be part of a more experienced company with in-depth training. Continue reading
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