Do I Need to Hire a Process Server?
Hiring a Process Server is an important step in proceeding with a court action. Process servers have the skills and experience to serve your legal documents in timely manner and, most importantly, serve them in accordance with the local and state process serving laws.
There are several key requirements associated with the rules of service of process. If a serve is not done in accordance with these rules, this can hinder your case from going forward or result in the dismissal of your case. Improper service may also cause undue delays which may affect court fees, and attorney’s fees.
After a case is filed in court, due process requires that defendants are made aware of pending legal proceedings that can affect them in any way. As such, both State and Federal courts have rules and regulations concerning what constitutes valid service of process in order to protect the right of the defendant to a fair trial.
Therefore, in order for you to provide adequate notification to the other side of a pending legal action, you are obligated to "serve" the legal documents in compliance with local and state laws. Jurisdictions typically require that a US citizen, who is not a party to the case, over the age of 18, and residing in the state where the matter is to be tried can serve the papers. Certain states also require that process servers be licensed, bonded and comply with GPS requirements at the time of service.
Service of process, or the prior notification of legal proceedings is significant to the success of any case. Service of process is essential to a court proceeding that without it, a case cannot proceed. It is put into place to protect the legal rights of all American citizens.