We are Florida Professional Process Servers and Courthouse Couriers.
Our Service of process in Florida is the procedure we follow in all states by which a party to a lawsuit gives an appropriate notice of initial legal action to another party (such as a defendant or respondent), court, or administrative body in an effort to exercise jurisdiction over that person so as to enable that person to respond to the proceeding before the court, body, or other tribunal. Generally, a lawsuit starts after we serve the Summons, Order or Citation or your behalf.
Legal notification is provided in Florida when we deliver a set of court documents (called "process") to the person to be served. Each Court and or Federal court has jurisdictional rules regarding the appropriate steps for proper service of process. Typically, a summons, order or Citation and other related documents must be served upon the defendant or respondent personally, or in some cases upon another person of suitable age and discretion at the person's residence. And is some cases we will serve process at place of business, place of employment or at a public location. Service of Process is not limited to a specific address. In fact we have served at restaurants, weddings, carnivals, trade shows, on the beach, on a snow board run and even at a vineyard in wine country.
Proper service of process in Florida initially establishes personal jurisdiction of the court over the person served. If the defendant ignores further pleadings or fails to participate in the proceedings, then the court or administrative body may find the defendant in default and award relief to the claimant, petitioner or plaintiff. The defendant may contest the default in his or her home state. Service of process must be distinguished from service of subsequent documents (such as pleadings and motion papers) between the parties to litigation.
Personal service in Florida by an A.C.E. Professional Process Servers.
We at A.C.E. believe personal service in Florida is service of process directly to the (or a) party named on the summons, complaint, or petition. In most lawsuits in the United States, personal service is required to prove service. Most states allow substituted service in almost all lawsuits unless you are serving a corporation, LLC, LLP, or other business entity; in those cases, personal service must be achieved by serving (in hand) the documents to the "Registered Agent" of a business entity. Some states, e.g. Florida, do not require that the documents actually be handed to the individual. In California and most other states, the documents must be visible to the person being served, i.e., not in a sealed envelope. If the individual refuses to accept service, flees, closes the door, etc., and the individual has been positively identified as the person to be served, the documents may be "drop served" (placed as close to the individual as possible); this is considered a valid service. Personal service of process has been the hallmark for initiating litigation for nearly 100 years, primarily because it guarantees actual notice to a defendant of a legal action against him or her. Personal service of process remains the most reliable and efficacious way to both ensure compliance with constitutionally imposed due process requirements of notice to a defendant and the opportunity to be heard.
Substituted Service by A.C.E. Private Process Servers in Florida
When an individual party to be served in Florida is unavailable for personal service, many jurisdictions allow for substituted service. Substituted service allows the process server to leave service documents with another responsible individual, called a person of suitable age and discretion, such as a cohabiting adult or a teenager. Under the Federal Rules, substituted service may only be made at the abode or dwelling of the defendant. California, New York, Illinois, and many other United States jurisdictions require that in addition to substituted service, the documents be mailed to the recipient. Substituted service often requires a serving party show that ordinary service is impracticable, that due diligence has been made to attempt to make personal service by delivery, and that substituted service will reach the party and effect notice.
Another method of substituted service in Florida is "service by publication" also called "constructive service" in some jurisdictions. We at A.C.E. DO NOT mail service of process for publication. Service by publication is used to give "constructive notice" to a defendant who is intentionally absent, in hiding, or unknown (as a possible descendant of a former landowner), and only when allowed by a judge's order based on a sworn declaration of the inability to find the defendant after "due diligence" (trying hard).
In addition, in some jurisdictions, substituted service may be effected through motion and public notice, followed by sending the documents by certified mail.
A.C.E. Florida Process Serving follows the Laws of the issuing Jurisdiction.
Many states have process serving laws that govern the way service of process is effected, the licensing requirements to effect service, the forms to be used and the time deadlines that service of process may be accomplished upon individual respondents and corporations. For example, in New York service of process may require licensing of the process server. Generally, there are specific procedures and rules for most courts, from local small claims courts to United States District courts. Each court has specific rules, forms, guidelines and procedures which must be followed in order to successfully effect service of process. Failure to follow these guidelines may deem the attempted service improper. Indeed, many defendants in court hearings use the affirmative defense of "I was not served" as an often successful line of defense in any lawsuit. We. Are familiar with all applicable laws at the state level and federal level. So nor worries!
Jurisdiction in Florida
It is universal that the laws of service of process must follow the laws that apply to the court that issues the process. A bias or confusion occurs in many jurisdictions where service is made. In Florida, for example, process servers seem to suggest Florida laws apply to all service of process made within the territory of Florida. In this reference, section 48.195 implies an authority of Florida process servers to serve foreign process. This was added to allow sheriffs to serve foreign process within limitations as the section provides, but it does not, and cannot give exclusivity, to state sanctioned licensed approved process servers to foreign process. This interpretation, however prevalent and beneficial to Florida.
Subpoena Services in Florida as provided by A.C.E. Professional Process Servers
A subpoena in Florida is a legal document issued by an Attorney, Clerk of the Court and or a writ issued by a government agency, most often a court, to compel testimony by a witness or production of evidence under a penalty for failure. There are two common types of subpoena:
Subpoena ad testificandum in Florida orders a person to testify before the ordering authority or face punishment. The subpoena can also request the testimony to be given by phone or in person.
Subpoena duces tecum in Florida orders a person or organization to bring physical evidence before the ordering authority or face punishment. This is often used for requests to mail copies of documents to the requesting party or directly to court.
We also specialize in Locating and Skip Tracing; Finding: Heirs, Debtors, Witnesses, Defendants, Jurors, Deadbeats, Birth Parents and Missing Children in Florida. And, of course, we are Courthouse Couriers in Florida too.
We will serve your Summons, Notice, Order, Citation, Demand, Writ, Eviction, Foreclosure, Notice or Subpoena to anyone or business anywhere in Florida!
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