Service of due process is guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. This means that if you are the subject of a legal proceeding, you have a right to know the charges against you and face your accusers. This is where a process server plays a role.
WHAT IS A PROCESS SERVER, AND WHY DO I NEED ONE?
This term — “service of process” — constitutes the whole kit and caboodle: surveillance, investigation, tracing, case filings, retrieval of documents from the courthouse, status updates, and the actual handing of paper from server to defendant with the necessary words, “You’ve been served.”
While a sheriff can typically serve documents, it might be mandated by statute what they can and cannot do. In Florida, for instance, either a sheriff or a licensed process server can serve legal documents. However, this isn’t the same in every state, so always make sure to check the local rules. Also, there might be other strange quirks, like a federal filing having a different notice requirement than the state filing.
SAVE TIME AND STRESS!
That is why a professional process server can save you lots of headaches when it comes to who is allowed to serve what. It’s definitely easier to shop at a store that serves all of your needs, after all.
Likewise, that rings true in terms of speediness of service. A sheriff has many, many important things to do, serving legal papers being only one of those endless tasks. If a document needing service falls onto their desk, who knows when they’ll have time to get to it? They’re busy, you know, being sheriffs. Arresting people. Directing traffic. Saving kittens from trees.
Meanwhile, professional process servers spend their time serving process. Whenever they aren’t actively doing that, they are doing things related to serving process, like staking out a defendant’s home or performing a basic skip trace on someone who’s left town.
Remember that it’s important to keep costs in mind. A professional process server will always have proper estimates that include accurate travel costs and filing fees. Additionally, they’ll know the best time of day to serve certain documents, too. Sheriffs or marshals often don’t have that flexibility and serve whenever their schedule allows — and they don’t always account for those costs up front. The icing on the cake? Customer service is really important to process servers, because their job depends on repeat business and acquiring new clients. In contrast, a sheriff doesn’t need to care about something like that. Just a thought.
Orange Legal’s process servers are Certified NAPPS Members: prompt, reliable, and ready to help. We welcome you to experience convenient scheduling, outstanding customer service, and full-coverage for all of your litigation needs.