A process server is the person assigned to deliver court documents or other legal documents to litigants, witnesses and other interested parties. In United States process servers may be have functions and authorization designed by the State, City or town where they operate. Also depending on the district, State or jurisdiction a process server may be called "constable"," deputy sheriff", "marshal", "sheriff", or "emplazador".
The main activity of process serving in United States is delivering process. Process is also another name for summons, subpoena, complaint, writ, citation, court order, judgment, or any other type of legal paper served. By serving process we refer to the action of delivering legal documents under the rules established by the State or the municipality. For example one rule which is generally established nationwide is that no one who is a party to a case may engage in serving papers to his opponent unless expressly authorized by the Court or the legal procedure.
Is a Process Service Licensed Required ?
In many states legal process service is regulated by the government and a license is needed if you choose to serve papers for a living. For instance, the State of New York does not require a process service license if you serve process in certain cities but it mandates a license for service of process in New York City and Long Island. The states of Nevada, Florida and Connecticut also require an official license.
How is a Process Server Different form a Courier Service?
Process servers' actions of delivering papers somehow mimic the functions of courier services such as Federal Express, DHL, United States Postal Service and UPS. However there are clear differences in terms of quality, quantity, procedures and record keeping. For instance the postal service will bring an express mail package to your home but you will likely welcome it with open hands. Would you welcome a summons to appear in Court?
Unfortunately, legal process servers usually bear bad news for the recipients of the papers they deliver. They bring home foreclosures, orders to appear in court, summonses for child support , subpoenas to testify, etc. Generally most people avoid receiving court papers. Indeed there are individuals who will react violently upon receiving a court summons; therefore process serving is a difficult viewed by many as the worst job in the United States. Below is a general comparison between process service and mail service.
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This is national process server directory compiled and reviewed by human editors. Here we list process servers covering most of United States by state, county, by city and by village or town. Also included are most registered private process servers and nationwide licensed process servers. There is no charge per listing because our goal is to deliver accurate information.
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