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How to Serve Legal Papers

how to serve legal papers

How to Serve Legal Papers

How to Serve Legal Papers

Do you know how to serve legal papers? Overwhelmed by the process or simply have no clue where to start? First Class Process can give you a quick overview. We are committed to our clients, helping them focus on winning a case in a professional manner. Different cases will require different documents, strategies, and procedures.


It is important to know why you want to take action and know who you are suing. Are you suing one individual or a whole corporation? A landlord or the city?  There are many resources you can use to help you through the whole process. The right person must be served the legal papers once an index number is assigned to the case.


Here are some things to keep in mind while preparing to serve papers:

  • The petitioner is not allowed to serve the papers, thus a third party who is not involved or interested in the case must do it.
  • This individual must be over the age of 18 and in some cases be approved by the court before the legal papers are served.
  • This person can be a process server, friend, relative, co-worker, etc.
  • There are different methods to deliver the legal papers: Personal, Substituted, and Conspicuous Delivery.
  • Be aware of deadlines to serve the legal papers. This can vary by state.
  • Obtain a proof of service form. It shows the court that the legal papers have been served correctly.

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First Class Process can provide a process server who can be trusted to deliver the legal papers in a professional manner, thus providing the client ease of mind. Do not hesitate in contacting us to learn more about our services and how we can help you.

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