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1. What does it mean to be served with legal papers?

Whether you’re serving divorce papers, a subpoena to have someone testify in a court case, or a summons for a lawsuit, serving someone with legal papers is a mandatory step in the process that informs an individual or party that they’re involved in a court case. Serving legal papers informs the opposing party that you’re filing a case against them for one reason or another and this also gives them time to prepare for their court appearance.

2. Do I need a process server?

Depending on the state you live in, by law you might need to hire a process server to file a case against someone. Some states require that licensed process servers deliver certain types of legal documents to the intended recipients, while others allow any U.S. citizen over the age of 18 who’s not associated with the case to deliver the papers. You can also contact your local sheriff’s department and have them deliver the papers on your behalf, but this is a very long process because they’re typically inundated with legal cases.

3. Why should I use your process serving services?

We pride ourselves on being precise, efficient, and compassionate when it comes to handling sensitive matters such as your legal predicament. Our licensed process servers have over 20 years of experience working in the field and we have legal expertise throughout the great state of Texas. Regardless of where you need to have your legal documents delivered, we know we can get the job done right for you the first time.

4. What types of documents do you serve?

We serve a wide range of legal documents across the United States including divorce papers, child support papers, subpoenas, writs, affidavits, wills, restraining orders, court summons, and so much more. For a complete list of all of the legal paperwork we can take care of on your behalf, please contact us and speak with one of our renowned process servers.

5. How much does it cost to get legal documents served?

The cost of service of process depends on several mitigating factors. These include the amount of time spent researching and looking for the recipient; traveling out-of-state to locate the recipient; and making multiple attempts to locate and serve the person. A process server’s time is very valuable and most companies will charge based on the number of attempts they’ve made to contact or locate a certain individual or party.

6. What’s included in your service of process fee?

Our service of process fee includes researching the recipient’s whereabouts, traveling to locate them, delivering the legal documents to said person, and filing these documents in the court system within the stated deadline. Any additional services you may require from us can be discussed during your initial consultation.

7. Where can defendants be served?

Each state has its own set of unique legislation that governs how certain legal matters can be handled. Having an experienced process server working on your case is helpful because they’re usually familiar with every aspect of the laws. Generally speaking, defendants can be served at their place of business, residence, or any other public setting as long as the process server isn’t trespassing, and no laws are broken.

8. Where do I send my documents to be served?

You can hand them over to us directly, fax them, or send them electronically and we’ll take care of the rest.

9. Can papers be faxed or e-mailed to legal process servers?

While in most cases you can fax or e-mail your legal documents to your process server, you can also submit them through an online database. However, you may also be responsible for providing the original documents as well. Your process server should know the legal stipulations in the area where the papers are being served and they’ll advise what your best submission option is.

10. How long does it take to get papers served?

The length of time it takes to serve papers depends on how easy it is to locate the recipient(s). We’ll do everything in our power to locate the defendants and serve your legal documents to them within a reasonable time frame and we’ll keep you updated throughout every step of the process. Our process servers usually make several attempts to deliver legal documents. If we’re unable to locate the defendants after three attempts, then we’ll ask to meet with you to come up with a new strategy and explain your options to you.

11. Are you a licensed process server?

Although it’s not necessary to be licensed or certified in every state, yes all of our process servers are fully licensed.

12. Can you be served court papers in the mail?

Yes, court papers can be sent in the mail. However, there are no guarantees that they’ll be delivered on time if there are delays, the address is incorrect, or if the person has moved. Therefore, this isn’t necessarily the most efficient way of sending legal documents, but for some people it may be the only option if the defendant is across the country. Again, you need to double check the laws regarding service of process in the state where the papers will be filed.

13. How do I know my documents have been served?

The process server working on your case will inform you when the documents have been delivered and signed by the recipient. They’re also responsible for providing a court-mandated affidavit stating that they’ve completed their duties.

14. What happens if the person declines the papers?

Depending on the state where the papers are being filed, the recipient doesn’t necessarily have to officially accept the papers for them to remain effective. Even if the process server simply leaves the papers on the person’s doorstep after they’ve refused to accept them, then the process server has completed their service and it’s up to the recipient to comply with the request.

15. Do I need to hire a process server where I am located or where the documents will be filed?

You’ll need to hire a process server in the area where the papers will be served and filed. Each county has its own legal stipulations regarding this procedure and how the papers are to be filed.

16. Can I serve the papers myself?

No, someone over the age of 18 who’s not connected to the case or a licensed process server must serve the papers on your behalf.

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