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What Does a Process Server Do?

A process server is responsible for delivering legal documents to an individual or business to put them on notice that they’ve been served a lawsuit. This is a critical step in the legal process because the defendant must be aware that there’s a lawsuit against them to defend themselves or appear in court to answer the charges.

While this may seem like a straightforward task, process servers often face obstacles such as evasive subjects, restrictive property access, and confrontational situations. In addition, a process server needs to have a thorough understanding of the laws and regulations in each jurisdiction they serve.

Many process servers are trained through on-the-job training, though some opt to pursue self-study to learn the necessary skills. While the work is challenging, it can also be rewarding. A good process server is professional and courteous while also being quick and efficient. They should know the local rules and regulations that dictate how documents are served, who can be served, and how service should be completed.

If a process server can’t personally hand a summons or complaint to an individual, they can leave the documents with another adult who lives at the same address. They can also send the document through the mail. This is called substituted service. A process server cannot leave a summons or complaint with someone under the age of 18 years, but they can leave it with their spouse. They can even give the documents to a friend or family member if they’re an acquaintance of the person in question.

It is illegal for a process server to pretend to be a police officer or other official to compel an individual to open the door and accept a summons or complaint. However, it is permissible for a process server to wait outside of a residence if they believe that the person will leave at some point. They can also wait in front of a business if they think that the individual will enter the establishment.

A great way to improve one’s skills is by networking with other process servers and legal professionals. By building a network, process servers can share their experiences and gain helpful referrals. They can also stay on top of industry trends and get advice on how to overcome specific challenges.

In addition, a network can help a process server to double-check their work for errors. For example, if they wrote down the wrong corporate address for a business, a fellow process server can correct it for them. This can save both time and money in the long run. It can also prevent errors that could result in litigation. This is why it’s important for lawyers to use an experienced and reputable process server. This will ensure that their clients’ cases move forward efficiently. Using an inexperienced process server could lead to delays and negatively impact the outcome of a case.

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