Did you know that a Florida process server has to pass an exam before they can even apply for certification or registration? If they must pass an exam, it stands to reason that they would have to go through some type of training before being certified. Although the training that process servers receive is fairly short, it is highly effective and provides the details necessary to do their job. Here is what some of the training they go through entails.
Initial education about Florida Statutes
The Rules of Civil Procedure, which include rules about service of process, must be learned by process servers to ensure that they do not step on the rights of the people who they are serving. Process servers have many standards that must be followed for the service to be lawful and hold up in court. Otherwise, your case could get thrown out. This is so important that the statutes are taught in a very intensive two- to three-day crash course.
After passing the exam
Being able to pass an exam right after a three-day course really only ensures that the process server knows how to study and take tests. It takes more than two or three days to truly digest that much information. After passing the exam, new process servers should be encouraged to continue studying the materials given during the course so that they can continue to improve in their duties.
The rules about service of process do change on occasion. In fact, the sudden immersion in an online global society has brought up some very interesting and important questions about what can constitute legal notification of a case against you. (This is the reason parties to a case must be served.) Some jurisdictions are even allowing digital delivery of legal papers when the person cannot be physically found.
Our process servers are hand picked from the most trusted courses in Florida process service. Most of our servers can serve papers across jurisdictions, and they stay up to date on the latest rules and regulations. In addition, we are following all of the recommendations regarding safety during the COVID19 pandemic. Contact us today to get started.
Sometimes people will do amazing things to get out of being served. When someone is avoiding service, it means that they already know it’s coming. If the legal papers to be served are in a high-stakes divorce or a high dollar civil suit, you might get a runner.
These people think that the problem will just go away if they are not served. They don’t realize that there are alternative means of service available. In fact, some courts are even allowing some digital service via email or social media where the receipt upon opening can be verified. Still, it is best to get someone served by traditional means when available.
Some of the things that people will do to avoid service are just crazy. Here are a few examples. Continue reading
The pandemic is affecting all of our lives in a million unexpected ways, and service of process is no different. Even though the rules about service of process have not changed, the pandemic has presented some unique challenges and some benefits for process servers. Here are some of the ways that COVID-19 is affecting process service.
More people are spending more time at home.
A lot of people are laid off or working from home right now. Those same people are trying to limit their time out in public, doing shopping only once a week or getting everything delivered. That means that you are very likely able to get papers served in your case very quickly if the service is on an individual. Continue reading
Did you know that private process servers do more than serve legal papers? In fact, process servers can often perform a number of other services and tasks for both individuals and attorneys. Here are some of the ways we can help you.
Delivery of discovery documents.
After the initial filing, service, and response from the defendant or respondent, and depending on the type of case, you may need to go through the process of discovery. This process allows for each side of the case to disclose information and request information pertaining to the case and necessary for developing a case argument. These documents can be delivered by a process server, which is more trustworthy than a normal courier. Continue reading
Many attorneys have a preferred private process server or process service company that they use to have legal papers served as required by the courts. They hire these companies to serve legal papers, petitions, summonses, answers, or subpoenas, but process servers offer many other services that can assist attorneys working a case.
Are you needing a particular document such as articles of incorporation for a business, birth certificates, marriage licenses, or death certificates? We can handle these requests for you. We are very experienced in tracking down and obtaining copies of public documents so that you can focus your time on preparing the case. Continue reading