If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to make your life more difficult when you’re being sued, then just start avoiding the process server.
Do you believe avoiding the process server will stop a case from going through? Think again. The case will still be heard in court, and when the judge learns that you were intentionally avoiding service, the ruling will likely not be in your favor. That’s because a default judgment for the plaintiff will be entered since they are the only ones who showed up for the case. Oh, and did we mention that you’ll probably also end up paying the process server fees, even though the plaintiff hired them? And, that’s not all… Continue reading →
Knowing the rules surrounding process servers in Michigan is essential to serve process in compliance with state laws. Even minor mistakes can have devastating consequences for your court case, including grounds for dismissal. Avoiding mistakes in the service of process saves your firm time, money, and keeps your clients happy. The most common mistakes made by process servers include:
Not serving the correct person
You must always be sure the correct person is served, in-person, for service of process to be valid, unless special permission has been granted by a judge. However, especially for divorce or other domestic proceedings, the defendant or witness may not be willing to verify their identity or even acknowledge they are being served. The process server must know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the person they are attempting to serve is the intended target, whether it be a defendant, witness, or other case parties. Serving the wrong person because their identity was not adequately verified invalidates the service and can get an entire case dismissed. Continue reading →
What is the service of process?
Service of process is the act of officially delivering court-related documents, known as process, to parties named in the case. This includes defendants, witnesses, subject matter experts, etc. Defendants are typically served with a summons and complaint, while witnesses and experts will receive a subpoena.
What is a process server?
A process server is an expert trained to deliver legal process to its intended recipient. Process servers receive assignments from both attorneys and individuals. After accepting a service job, a process server locates the intended recipient, delivers the process, and provides proof of service. Continue reading →
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Depending on the case’s complexity, there may be dozens, or even hundreds, of documents to retrieve and review; that adds up to hours upon hours of repetitive tasks, identifying agency contacts, filling our records requests, and waiting for responses. And, that’s all before you can even review the first case document! Let our document retrieval team at Accurate Serve cut that time in half by taking care of those menial retrieval tasks for you, giving you the extra time needed for document review, law research, client and witness interviews, and another information gathering that requires your legal proficiency. Continue reading →
Serving divorce papers is never a fun task. Emotions run high in these situations, and the recipient of a summons to court for divorce proceedings may be so upset that they project their anger on the messenger, which in this case is you. Mitigate the risks of serving an angry husband or wife by avoiding these things:
Aggressive tone or body language
When serving papers for adversarial proceedings, it is always best to approach the target calmly and in a non-threatening manner. Use a casual tone of voice when addressing the target, speaking slowly and intentionally when informing them of your purpose. Avoid body language that may be perceived as hostile, such as: Continue reading →