Service of process is the method in which a party to a lawsuit gives notice of a legal action to another party, such as a defendant so that the person being served receives the right to appear in court or other tribunal.
Each jurisdiction has rules regarding the means of service of process. In some cases the law may require the summons to be served upon the person personally, or upon the person of someone of suitable age and discretion at the person’s abode or place of business or employment. I n some cases service of process may be effected through the mail as in some small claims court procedures. In exceptional cases, other forms of service may be authorized by procedural rules or court order, including service by publication when an individual cannot be located in a particular jurisdiction.
Proper service of process 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.
If you are in need of having papers served or have any further questions of the duties of process servers please give us a call at 337-254-8169.
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