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Search-For-Servers.com is the Internet's fastest growing directory of process servers, private investigators, and other legal aid support services. Lawyers, legal assistants, private individuals, attorneys, paralegals, and corporate legal teams use our directory of process servers to find the right individual or company that offers the legal support services they need. Our process server directory spans all fifty of the United States, Washington DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and is growing internationally, with a worldwide directory in the works. Many of the companies and individuals listed on Search-For-Servers.com are complete one stop, full service attorney and legal support firms that provide a wide variety of legal services. Some of the many services the process servers listed on Search-For-Servers.com offer include Process Service, Eviction Specialists, Executions, Repossessions, Certificate of Liens, Courier Service, Court Filings, Property Foreclosures, Personal Protection Orders, Small Claims Specialists, Skip Traces - Background, Domestic Relations Cases, Document Retrieval, Private Investigations, Surveillance, Public and Court Records Searches, and much, much more. Search-For-Servers.com is here to help you get the legal support you need, quickly and easily.

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What is a Process Server?

A process server is a person employed to deliver a summons or complaint to a person being sued or to deliver a subpoena to a witness. This delivery, or serving, is known as the service of process, or process service.

Legal process servers serve (deliver) legal documents such as summons, complaints, subpoenas, orders to show cause, writs, and other court documents to an individual that is involved in a court case. The legal document(s) must be served by the process server in accordance with the rules and laws in the area, county, or state that the service is being performed in. Service is considered when the documents are personally handed to the defendant, or when the defendant cannot be served personally, sub-serving to someone in the same household or business. After serving the documents, a process server must complete an Affidavit of Service, which is also called a Proof of Service. This Affidavit or Proof of Service verifies that the papers were served by the process server. It must be notarized and returned to the party that requested service.

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What is Service of Process?

Service of process is the service of writs, summonses, subpoenas, and other court documents. The act signifies the delivering to or leaving of such documents with the party to whom, or with whom, they ought to be delivered or left. When they are so delivered, they are then said to have been served.

A more formal way to look at the service of process is the procedure employed to give legal notice to the person (defendant, etc.) of a court or administrative body proceeding, to the person that the document is directed to. This enables the person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body or other tribunal. Usually, notice is furnished by delivering a set of court documents (summons, complaints, subpoenas, orders to show cause, writs, and other court documents) to the person to be served.

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When do I need a Process Server?

Legal documents cannot be served by someone who is involved in the case or legal proceeding the document pertains to. With that in mind, most states allow any adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old, that is not a party to the case, or a member of a corporation or organization that is a party, to serve (deliver) the papers. Some states do require process servers to be licensed, and so, you will need a legal process server. A list of the states that require process servers to be licensed can be viewed here. We also suggest you view the process serving laws (rules of civil procedure) in your state to find out more requirements and restrictions on who can be a process server.

Though your state, or the state the you require process service in, does not require process servers to be licensed, it is still a smart choice to hire a professional process server to serve your papers. Professional process servers are experienced and possess the knowledge of the rules and laws surrounding service of process in their state or county. Because the restrictions and requirements for serving legal documents vary from state to state, and county to county, you should hire a professional process server for your process serving needs.

By choosing a professional legal process server to properly deliver your court documents, you are helping ensure that the service is performed in accordance with the law. If the service of process is not correctly performed, your case may not go forward, or it may even be dismissed. Improper service also delays evidence collection and obtainment, which can lead to injunctions, increasing court and attorney fees.

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Who can be a Process Server?

Legal documents cannot be served by someone who is involved in the case or legal proceeding the document pertains to. With that in mind, most states allow any adult over the age of eighteen (18) years old, that is not a party to the case, or a member of a corporation or organization that is a party, to serve (deliver) the papers. Some states do require process servers to be licensed, and so, you will need a legal process server. A list of the states that require process servers to be licensed can be viewed here. We also suggest you view the process serving laws (rules of civil procedure) in your state to find out more requirements and restrictions on who can be a process server.

Click here to view Process Serving Laws / Rules of Civil Procedure in any State, Washington DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico

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What states require Process Servers to be licensed?

Only certain states require a process server to be licensed. The following states require a process server to be licensed. This list may change from time to time, as the laws of each state change. Check the laws of your state to check whether your state requires process servers to be licensed.

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What is an Affidavit / Proof of Service?

An Affidavit of Service, also called a Proof of Service, is a signed statement, or document, submitted by a process server to the court as evidence of successful service of process to a party in a court case or legal proceeding. This statement is generally attached to the court document, then filled out by the process server, and returned to you upon successfully serving your documents. To find an Affidavit / Proof of Service for your state, please visit our Free Process Server Forms section. There you will find proofs of service for all fifty states in the US, plus Washington DC, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

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What happens if someone evades service, or cannot be found?

Depending on the laws of process service in your state, the individual or party named in the documents may be served in a variety of ways. First, the named party can be served through publication in a local newspaper. Another option that various states allow is 'substitute service', which is where an individual, who is not the person named in the document, is served. This method is the least common, and should not be used unless the named party cannot be personally served. When 'substitute service' is used, it must become part of the 'due diligence' of the case or legal proceeding.

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What if someone refuses service, not accepting the documents?

Quite often, an individual being served does not need to accept service for it to be seen as sufficient or effective. Depending on your state's process serving laws, you may need a signature, or you may be able to simply leave the papers at the individual's feet. View the rules of civil procedure / process serving laws in your state, Washington DC, Guam, or Puerto Rico for more information.

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What are the laws of Process Service in my state?

Search-For-Servers.com strives to keep our list of process servers laws as up to date as possible, however, service of process laws change as states deem necessary. As laws change, so will the laws listed on our website. We advise you to review the website of your state's Judicial Branch, Supreme Court, or State Courts. A listing of these websites can be found in the Court Information section of our website.

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What associations are there for Process Servers?

There are many process server associations throughout the country. The largest association is the National Association of Professional Process Servers (NAPPS). Many states have an association as well, with some being chartered state associations of NAPPS. To view a listing of associations and industry links, click here.

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Where can I find court information?

A listing of state court websites can be found in the Court Information section of our website. Search-For-Servers.com strives to keep our listing of state court websites as up to date as possible, however, this listing will change as court websites are updated. As links change, so will the links listed on our website. In this section, you will find useful links to the websites for each state's Judicial Branch, Supreme Court, or State Courts. You will also find links to court websites for Puerto Rico and Guam.

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How do I become a Process Server?

Would you like to become a process server? Would you like to know more about what it takes to become one? If so, browse the 'Become a Process Server' section of Search-For-Servers.com Our entire site is tailored to the process server industry, and is a trusted source of information throughout the profession. Use the various tools and free information found on Search-For-Servers.com to learn more about this growing industry.

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