A Guide to Serving Legal Papers
Navigating the legal landscape can be a complex endeavor, especially when it comes to the proper service of legal papers. The service of process is a crucial step in any legal proceeding, as it ensures that all parties are aware of the legal actions being taken against them. Accurate Serve® is a leading process service agency in Orlando, Florida, with satellite offices in Kissimmee and Lake Mary. We specialize in process service and document retrieval in Orange and Osceola counties (part of Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit) as well as Seminole County (part of Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit).
The Importance of Proper Service
The service of process is not just a formality; it is a constitutional requirement under the Due Process Clause. Failure to properly serve legal papers can result in the dismissal of a case. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4 outlines the federal laws governing the service of process. In Florida, Chapter 48 of the Florida Statutes provides detailed guidelines on how legal papers should be served.
Types of Legal Papers That Require Service
- Summons and Complaints: These are the initial documents filed in a lawsuit.
- Subpoenas: These compel individuals to testify or produce evidence.
- Evictions: These are formal proceedings to eject a tenant from a rental property
- Foreclosures: These are formal proceedings to reclaim a mortgaged property by the financing institution
This list is not exhaustive, as there are many different types of legal papers that can be served by process servers in Florida.
Who Can Serve Legal Papers?
In Florida, all process servers must be certified by the judicial circuit that covers the county where they intend to serve process, approved by the local Sheriff, or appointed to the case by a judge. The method of approval for a process server varies from county to county. This ensures that the server is knowledgeable about the laws and procedures governing the service of process in their specific area.
Our certified process servers ensure that legal papers are served in accordance with federal and state laws. We provide timely and accurate service, keeping you updated throughout the process.
We can retrieve necessary legal documents from courthouses and other locations, saving you time and effort.
Accurate Serve® can Handle All Your Legal Paperwork Delivery Needs
The service of legal papers is a critical step in the legal process, and it’s essential to get it right. Accurate Serve® is committed to providing reliable and efficient service, ensuring that your legal proceedings can move forward without a hitch.
If you’re in need of any of our services, we invite you to contact us at (407) 868-5992 or send us a work request online. We are here to make the legal process as smooth as possible for you.