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Get the Basics of What a Legal Process Server Is, Who Can File Papers with the Court, and More

Get the Basics of What a Legal Process Server Is, Who Can File Papers with the Court, and More

If you have questions about process servers or are ready to move forward and hire a process server, contact AAA Attorney Services at (714) 633-4167 for help right away. You can also keep reading to learn the basics about this process and how we can help.

The role of a Legal Process Server

A legal process server is a person who distributes (serves) court documents to the defendant or individual named on the legal document. The process server must follow the laws in the area of service when serving the documents. This might entail personally delivering the documents to the defendant or delegating the task to a member of the defendant’s household or company.

An Affidavit of Service, also known as a Proof of Service, is notarized and provided to the person that sought service after a process server delivers the documents. Process servers can also submit your paperwork with the courts, retrieve documents, and conduct other sorts of investigations, including skip tracing, individuals locators, and surveillance.

Documents can be filed with the court by a process server

Most process servers provide a full range of legal assistance services, such as paper filing and electronic filing (electronic filing). A process server does not need to be licensed in every state. Process servers must be registered in their county or state, or assigned to serve in a specified county, in certain states. A process serving license is required in California along with other states like Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Montana, and Illinois.

There is no difference between an affidavit of service and a proof of service

After your documents have been served, your process server will offer you with an Affidavit of Service, also known as a Proof of Service. The proof of service specifies the time, place, and person who was served. As a client, you may be given with a variety of various affidavits. If the individual to be served cannot be found, an Affidavit of Due Diligence may be submitted.

You cannot serve papers yourself if you are involved in the legal proceedings

You are unable to serve papers in a case in which you are engaged. If you are 18 years old or older and not a party to the case, you may be permitted to serve documents yourself depending on your area. Other states, on the other hand, require professional process servers to be licensed or registered. Once again, California is a state that requires a license.

If you are in need of skip tracing, process serving, or other similar services, contact AAA Attorney Services at (714) 633-4167 and we can get started right away.

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