The amount of time that EGA Process Serving will take is dependent on the courts, and how much time you give us to serve your documents. For instance, district court cases have a time frame that the documents must be served by and that can be found ¼ way down on the left-hand side of the paper, Circuit courts has a different time frame. Circuit court cases gives you a certain amount of time from the date of issue of the courts.
So EGA Process Serving will go knock on the door or enter the workplace and ask for the individual being served. Based on the answer we get will lead us to ask other questions that are open ended. EGA process servers will then give the papers to the individual or roommate in the house. If it is a workplace, we must give it directly to the individual.
For businesses being served we must serve the resident agent of the company, president, secretary, or treasurer, and if this has failed service can be made by serving the manager, director, vice president, assistant secretary, assistant treasurer, or other person expressly or impliedly authorized to receive service of process.
Anyone can refuse to take the court papers, but then we are allowed to leave it in plain sight, as long as we identified ourselves and the reason why we are there. For clarity let’s say I knock on your door and I ask for you. You notify me that this is you. I then notify you who I am and that I have court documents for you. You say I don’t want them and close your door. I have already notified you that I had court documents and you have verified that it was you. I will then place the documents in a safe place and enter your description and what transpired in my affidavit.
If you have information that a lawsuit is headed your way, I try to tell people please don’t avoid the service, because all it does is drags out the case and costing way more money for you. I will then notify the judge in a written affidavit that I made x number of attempts and that you were evading service because of whatever the reason I had in my notes.
Sometimes we will be given the opportunity by the courts to serve the legal documents by certified mail. Service of the documents by posting it to the door. Service by Notice through the local newspaper.
Remember no matter how much you try to dodge, duck, dip, or hide the case will move forward if you have a great process serving company like EGA that takes pictures and has notes written down and delivered to you the client in real time.
You could get served court documents because there is a lawsuit against you either in US District court of whatever state, Circuit Court, District Court.
You could be subpoenaed to testify on something, produce documents / video.
You could be given a letter that needs to be served.
There are many countless reasons why you could be served.
Service of process is the method by which a person or a company is served time-sensitive legal documents, including lawsuits and subpoenas; all services of process include a deadline for a response. For example, service of process is the means by which a person filing a lawsuit informs the person being sued about the lawsuit. The person receiving the service of process has a designated period of time in which to send a reply.
You are allowed to serve a subpoena in person or by certified mail. Mail should be restricted delivery, return receipt requested. Make sure you keep a record of the delivery. You must be able to show that you gave the witness the subpoena.
As of right now Maryland does not allow service of process through e-mail. You can check your state to see if they allow service of process via e-mail.
I always tell people to stay away from sheriff’s office to serve your documents. Sheriffs are cheap but they do not go above and beyond for you. Remember the sheriff’s department is slammed with evictions, summons to be served. To hire EGA Process Serving all you need to do is create a user name and password enter your request with us and submit your pdf documents to us, or you can go ahead and email Robert@EGAProcessServing.com all your court documents and someone will get back to you with the details of your serve.
Service of process is a court procedure in which a party to a lawsuit gives notice of legal action to another party (Defendant), court or an administrative body in efforts to exercise that jurisdiction over that person, so that the defendant to respond to the proceedings before the court, body, or other tribunal. Notice is furnished by delivering a set of court documents to the person to be served.
Service of process is an essential step in commencing a civil lawsuit. In fact, service of process is so essential in a lawsuit that, if it is not performed properly, a lawsuit cannot proceed. Service of process is critical because it establishes that the court hearing the lawsuit has jurisdiction over the defendant. (Jurisdiction is a court’s ability to hear a controversy involving two or more parties. A court has jurisdiction because these parties have some connection to the court, whether it is because they are citizens of the state where the court sits or because the state in which the courts sits is the site of the plaintiff’s injury.) Service of process is also important because it notifies the defendant that the plaintiff is bringing a lawsuit and that the courts will hear the impending lawsuit. Therefore, it is important to understand service of process and its place in a lawsuit.
“Due process requires proper service of process for a court to have jurisdiction to adjudicate the rights of the parties.”
In the state of MD, VA, and D.C. anyone the age of 18 or over is able to accept service in your behalf just as long as they are residing in the same household. At EGA Process Serving we teach all of our process servers to ask if the person answering the door or is willing to accept service resides in the same residence.
At EGA Process Serving if you are evading us, and we have proof that you are evading we will write up an affidavit of evasion based on the notes that our process servers have written down. We will submit either phone calls, pictures, e-mails, texts, instant messages or any other evidence to the court showing such of an evasion.