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Finding a Company’s Registered Agent

If you need to serve process to certain types of businesses in Florida, the first thing you’ll need to do is figure out the contact information for the company’s registered agent. A registered agent is an individual officially designated by the company to receive mail, important documents, filings, and notices, including court process and other legal communications. In this post, we’ll discuss which types of businesses must be served via their registered agent, how to find a registered agent’s information, and where to go in Tampa Bay if you need help finding a company’s registered agent.

Businesses That Must be Served via Registered Agent

Not all business types must be served via their registered agent in Florida. According to Chapter 48 of the Civil Practice and Procedure section of the 2023 Sunshine Statutes (i.e. Florida’s process server laws), service of process must be attempted on the registered agent for the following business types: Continue reading

How to Prove You Were Not Served Properly

If you are a party in a civil court matter, or being called as a witness in a civil or criminal case, then a process server must formally deliver the relevant court paperwork to you. These documents can be a summons, complaint, writ, order, subpoena, etc. But what happens if a petitioner or process server claims they properly served you with these documents, but they really didn’t? In this post, we’ll explore the remedies you have available to you in this situation.

Consult with an Attorney

The first advice we can give you in this situation is to consult with a local attorney who has experience handling similar cases. Claiming that you were improperly served, or not served at all, requires legal expertise to navigate the required paperwork and process, so an attorney is your best bet. Continue reading

Insufficient Service of Process in Florida

No matter where you are in Florida, a court case cannot proceed until all the parties, including all defendants and witnesses, are properly notified. This notification, known as service of process, is a core element of the constitutional right to due process, which demands that court proceedings be fair for everyone involved. However, sometimes service of process is not done correctly, leading to a legal concept known as “insufficient service of process”. In this post, we’ll review the basics of service of process, examine ways service of process can be insufficient, and explain what happens when insufficient service of process occurs. Continue reading

What Are the Different Methods of Process Service?

Court cases come with a lot of paperwork which must be shared with all parties to the case. But how does the court keep track of who has and has not received this paperwork? That’s where process servers come in. Process servers in Florida are specially trained and certified to deliver all types of court paperwork, known as process, to different individuals and entities. Process servers have several methods they can use to deliver the paperwork, each with its own benefits and limitations. In this post, we’ll go over the methods of serving process that Florida process servers have available to them, including when each methods is acceptable. Continue reading

How Does Skip Tracing Work?

What is Skip Tracing?

Skip tracing is a method used for locating a person or entity that has intentionally or inadvertently evaded detection. This practice is commonly utilized in the legal and financial industries, although it can be useful in many others.

Who Orders a Skip Trace?

Anyone can request a skip trace. We often get skip trace requests from: Continue reading

Technology: The Future of Process Serving

In the dynamic and evolving world of legal services, process serving plays a crucial role. As a leading process service agency, Accurate Serve® of Lakeland understands the intricacies involved in this field. With our additional offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey, we are well-equipped to cater to the needs of clients in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. The legal requirements for process servers vary across these regions, reflecting the diversity and specificity of legal protocols in Florida.

Embracing Technological Advancements in Process Serving

The legal landscape is witnessing a transformative phase with technology becoming increasingly integral to various aspects of legal proceedings, including process serving. These technological advancements are not just about efficiency; they’re about adapting to the changing legal environment which promotes transparency and ensuring compliance with both federal and state laws. Continue reading

How to Avoid Aggressive Situations During Process Serving

Process serving, an essential task of the legal system, can sometimes lead to challenging and potentially aggressive situations. At Accurate Serve® of Tampa Bay, with offices in Lakeland, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey, we prioritize safety in process service for our servers, clients, and process recipients. We serve all areas of Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. In this post, we aim to provide insights on how process servers can avoid aggressive situations while still adhering to the regulations of local sheriffs in Pinellas and Pasco counties, and certification requirements in Hillsborough County (Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit) and Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties (Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit).

Legal Framework for Process Servers

Process servers must operate within the legal guidelines established by federal and state laws. In Florida, the state statutes provide the basic requirements for all process servers, but the specific rules vary across different judicial circuits and counties. Many areas have specific certification and approval requirements to ensure compliance and professionalism in process serving in those areas. Continue reading

Traits Of A Good Process Server

Process servers in Florida are professionals who are responsible for delivering legal documents to individuals involved in a court case, ensuring that the legal process moves forward smoothly. At Accurate Serve® in Lakeland, Florida, with additional offices in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey, we understand the importance of having a reliable process server. We provide services across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties, each with its own set of regulations for process servers. In this post, we will explore the essential traits that make a good process server.

Knowledge of Laws and Regulations

A good process server must be well-versed in federal and state laws governing the service of process. For instance, in Pinellas and Pasco counties, process servers must be approved by the local Sheriff, as per local regulations. In Hillsborough County, which is part of Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit, process servers must be certified by the 13th circuit. Similarly, Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties fall under Florida’s 10th Judicial Circuit, requiring process servers to be certified by the 10th Circuit. Continue reading

What are the Federal Rules for Service of Process?

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) play a pivotal role in shaping the landscape of federal civil proceedings. For anyone involved in a lawsuit, understanding these rules, especially those concerning the service of process, is crucial. This ensures that the legal proceedings move forward without hitches. Let’s delve into the intricacies of the FRCP and its implications for service of process in Tampa Bay:

Summons Essentials for Federal Court

According to Rule 4 of the FRCP, a summons must encompass: Continue reading

Types of Papers Process Servers Typically Serve

Welcome to Accurate Serve Tampa, your trusted partner in the realm of process serving. We know that the legal world can be a labyrinth of complexities, and we’re here to help guide you through it. Whether you’re an attorney, a private citizen, or a business proprietor, you may find yourself in need of a process server at some point. In this post, we’ll delve into the various kinds of documents that process servers like we usually handle.

Summons and Complaints

Initiating a civil lawsuit, such as a small claims case, begins with the issuance of a summons and complaint. The individual initiating the lawsuit (the plaintiff) is responsible for ensuring that the person being sued (the defendant) receives these documents. That’s where we come in. Our job is to promptly and accurately deliver these papers to the defendant, making them aware of the legal action against them and the necessity to respond. Continue reading