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How Does a Process Server Spend a Workday

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What does a Process Server do?

A process server may be hired to work for an attorney's office, legal services company, a process server company, a private investigator's firm, or even perform freelance work. The process server's job is to locate and deliver documents to people who are having legal action taken against them. This includes subpoenas, summonses, notices to witnesses, and more. Because it is mandatory for people who are required to appear in court to first be served with legal documents, a process server's duties are crucial to the legal process. Failure to properly serve individuals with legal documents can result in court delays, excessive attorney fees, or the case may be thrown out all together. 

In order to serve the individuals with the documents, a process server must first locate them.  This can be difficult at times, and may require some research and sleuth skills to determine the location of a particular individual, as some individuals do not want to be found.

After the process server has located the individual, he or she must follow specific steps in order to serve the legal papers in accordance to the law. They need access the individual in a public place, and the individual must acknowledge that they are the person whose name appears on the documents. Once the individual has acknowledged who they are, the process server can serve the individual with the papers, who must in turn sign for them.

A Process Server's Work Day

Because of the nature of the job, a day in the life of a process server can be unusual and vary from day to day.

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