Serving legal papers to a business in Florida is already a complicated process, but the pandemic is making it even more difficult. To better understand how current circumstances are affecting service of process against businesses and corporations, you must first understand the rules about serving businesses.
Small businesses, LLCs, and Partnerships
If a business is very small, operates as an LLC, or is a partnership, you are probably going to need to serve the papers to the owner of the company. If the business is a sole proprietorship or partnership, you will almost undoubtedly be serving the owner. Continue reading
Everyone knows that private process servers deliver filed civil matter petitions and answers, summonses, and subpoenas. But depending on the company and the process server, there may be additional services that they can help you with during the course of your case. Here are a few examples.
Most civil matters include a period known as Discovery. During Discovery, all parties of the case make available the documentation and evidence that they will be using to prove their case. This information and evidence must be delivered to all parties. Although you don’t need proof of delivery like you do a summons or petition, having a private process server deliver these legal papers gives you proof that you complied in the event that the other party claims they never received it. Continue reading
Are you having a hard time getting someone served so that your case can move forward in the courts? Well, we are here to tell you that the vast majority of papers are eventually served. No matter how difficult someone makes it to be found, most people can be found eventually through the diligence of private process servers and private investigators.
Yet there are those rare occasions when someone cannot be located to serve the papers in a timely manner, and the court wants to either move forward or dismiss the case. When that happens, you still have some options to keep your case moving forward and potentially receive a default judgment in your favor. Continue reading
Whenever you initiate a legal case against someone in civil court, whether it be a lawsuit, divorce, or another matter, you will have to serve papers to the other party or parties in the case. Legal documents must be provided to the other party for a number of reasons. Florida courts require service of process before a case can move forward.
Why Service of Process Is Important
The United States Constitution protects everyone’s right to due process. This means that everyone has a right to know about legal actions and take measures to defend against them. In order for this right to be protected, legal papers must be delivered to the individuals listed in the petition or complaint. If papers are not served, the case cannot move forward because it would be denying due process. Continue reading
When you have any type of court case, you will likely have to serve documents to the other parties in the case. Document service such as this is a normal part of our court system. It is important that document service is accurate and proper and done according to the guidelines of the jurisdiction your case is in. Here are three reasons proper document service is so important.
Regardless of the type of case or document service, there is always an expiration date on the papers. They must be served within the specified time frame. If not, the case has to be refiled and everything starts over again, delaying the case from ever reaching court. Continue reading