A process server is a person who serves legal documents upon an opposing party. Many people wonder why, for what seems like something a postman can do, they should pay a fee to a process server for service of their documents. The main reason is the documents must be served in exact accordance with the legislation in the area of service. This may mean handing the documents to the defendant personally, sub-serving to someone in the same household or business, affixing documents in a prominent location, or even service on a person’s legal representative.
Whilst this can sometimes be straightforward, on most occasions the respondent will not want to be served, this is when a process servers expertise is invaluable.
Once the documents are delivered, the process serving agent must provide proof that the papers were served. The courts usually accept a document called an Affidavit of Service, a professional process server will be aware of the many forms of affidavit and know which is needed.
A process server will also be aware of the many dangers, from angry dogs to violent respondents, and their expertise will allow them to carry out service both correctly and most importantly safely. For assistance in serving documents, whether locally, nationally or internationally please get in touch today.