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Common Questions About Process Servers

What is process?

Process is paperwork related to a court case that should be served to the defendant(s) named in the case. Process typically includes summons, complaints, and subpoenas, but it can be almost anything.

What is a process server?

A process server is simply a person who is trained and authorized to deliver the court case process to its intended recipient. The recipient is usually a defendant, but can also be a witness, subject matter expert, or someone else.

What types of cases do process servers work on?

Process servers deliver process for all types of cases, including:

  • Civil lawsuits
  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Estates

Are process servers required in Michigan?

There are requirements for who can and cannot serve process in the state of Michigan. Process servers must be 18 years of age or older, be legally competent, and not have any involvement or connection to the case or anyone involved in the case. This means that the plaintiff cannot serve the process in their own case, nor can anyone they know personally. It is also not recommended for attorneys to serve process in cases they are working on. This is why using a reputable, experienced private process server, like those at Accurate Serve®, is always the best bet. (Note: There are certain situations, such as when serving civil process also requires an arrest or the seizure of property, when only law enforcement is allowed to serve process for the case)

Do process servers have to be licensed or registered?

No, process servers in Michigan are not required to be licensed or registered. However, anyone serving process is still held responsible for knowing Michigan’s laws related to service of process and adhering to those laws. That’s why we always recommend using a professional process server.

How do I become a process server in Detroit?

If you are 18 years old or older, legally competent, and not associated with the case or any of the parties of the case, you can be a process server for many civil cases in Detroit. To find out more, contact us about joining our process service team.

Quality Process Servers in Detroit

Now that you know the basics about process servers, contact Accurate Serve® of Detroit to help with all your process service needs. Whether you’re filing your own small claims case or work for a firm that handles hundreds of cases each year, Accurate Serve® has the team you need to serve process in your case quickly and lawfully. Call (313) 385-3703 to find out how we can take the burden of service of process off your shoulders. We also offer document retrieval, skip trace, and diligent search services.