Process servers are an important part of our legal system, delivering court documents to the appropriate person so that legal proceedings can move forward. In Florida, process servers are limited in who they can serve process on – the person or persons named in the paperwork must be served, no one else without prior approval. There are very specific procedures that must be followed in order to serve process on someone other than the named recipient and these procedures must be approved by a judge. If you are seeking to have process served on someone other than the named recipient, you will need to follow the proper procedures for service by substitution. This process can be complicated and it is important to have an experienced process server handle it for you. Continue reading
Organization, time management, and attention to detail are pillars of being a great process server. Inefficiency while serving process can cause costly delays. Instead, follow these tips and tricks to serve process as efficiently as possible:
Know the Rules
You can’t be efficient in your job serving process if you don’t know and play by the rules. Florida is one of the strictest states in the nation in terms of laws for process servers, so it is vital that you are familiar with not only state laws, but also laws that apply in the county or judicial circuit where you plan to work. Continue reading
If you work for a legal firm, you’ve likely heard of document retrieval services. In this post, we’ll go over the basics of document retrieval, including why your firm should utilize this efficient service to improve time management and profit margins.
What is Document Retrieval?
When you’re handling discovery for a legal case, there can be literally thousands of documents that your team needs to provide sufficient evidence and win your case. Document retrieval services handle requesting, retrieving, and verifying all of those documents, along with storing them for easy access or download. Continue reading
Process servers perform an essential function that helps keep our entire country running smoothly. Process servers deliver all sorts of legal documents, including writs, summons, complaints, motions, termination of tenancy notices, eviction papers, and more. But it’s about a lot more than just handing off a court summons to an unhappy defendant. Process servers have much larger responsibilities with implications that reach far beyond their service area.
Process servers are charged with: Continue reading
If you feel that person or business owes you money as a result of their negligence or wrongdoing, you may want to file a civil complaint against them. In Orlando, the Orange County Civil Division Clerk of Court handles filing these types of cases.
How do I file a civil complaint?
To file a civil complaint, you must fill out the required paperwork, agree to a pretrial conference, and pay a filing fee. Once you have completed those steps, you will be issued a court date and summons to deliver to the accused defendant. Continue reading
Using a professional process server in Florida isn’t just recommended… it’s the law! Only servers certified and approved by the appropriate judicial circuit may serve legal process in the state. If you use an illegitimate process server, any service provided will be invalid and your entire case could get thrown out! Make sure that you hire a reputable process server that has all of the following qualities:
Certification or Appointment
All private process servers in Florida must be certified and approved by the judicial circuit in which they intend to work or be appointed by the county sheriff. Florida has 20 judicial circuits, with most containing multiple counties. Nine counties use sheriff-appointed process servers only. Further complicating matters, 14 Florida counties have no formal process server program in place, and servers must be appointed by a judge for each individual service. Continue reading