You’ve heard the phrase, “You’ve been served!” but do you know all of the legal technicalities behind that phrase?
It’s called service of process, a critical component to the beginning of any civil lawsuit.
What Is Process Serving?
Service of process is the first requirement to initiate a lawsuit. It’s the part of the process that informs the other parties of their involvement through the formal delivery of papers like complaints and motions. Continue reading
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