The other party needs to have “Notice and opportunity to be heard” before the court has the power to resolve the matter between you and them. The service of the process provides them with the fundamental notice of the case at hand. Once they have been ‘served,’ the court has jurisdiction over the party.
Once we’ve agreed to a flat rate with you, there will be no surprises. We will generally make 3-5 attempts to serve the paper; however, as time is often a factor in the serving of legal documents, we will work with you to get the documents served as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Service of process can go out as soon as the same day of receipt, and most are served on the first attempt, granted the other party doesn't avoid service. As timing is everything in this business could take three to seven days to complete your service request.
It is not illegal to avoid service of process. In most cases, service is inevitable. If you avoid service long enough, the filing party may still serve you by publication or alternative service by leaving with a co-worker or posting your current residential or last known address in most cases.
Not all states have the ability to motion the courts for alternative service. Courts in Maricopa County, Arizona, can create special serve rules on a case by case basis. We are experts in this, and while we will not give you legal advice, we can assist you on how and where to go to get that assistance. On a showing of good cause, Arizona courts can and will create special serve rules to effectuate service on the other party.
Example: The process server has confirmed employment through his or her employer. The defendant works in the field, rarely in the office. Once the filing party receives the due diligence affidavit, they will attach it as an exhibit to a motion. This motion is referred to as a "motion for alternative service." The judge will then rule on your proposed motion. If granted, the process server will go back to the defendant's place of employment and ask to speak with a supervisor. The motion informs the employer they are responsible for providing notice to the said defendant in this particular case.
The restrictions depend on which state the papers are being served in or are coming from. Most states have both in-state and out of state serve rules; this is also an important reason why you need to hire a process server.
In most states, you can serve anyone anywhere at any time. In Arizona, service of process can be carried out 7 days a week, 24 hours a day 365 days of the year. Some states regulate certain times of day, i.e., not after 10 pm or not on a Sunday, but in Arizona, process service is non-stop.
In some states like New York, Florida, Virginia, and others, you cannot serve someone at their residence on Sundays, nor can you serve them when they are traveling to and from a court of law. Some states don’t allow serves to occur on holidays.
Please check the laws in your state or consult with a professional process server in the state in which the legal documents have been issued.
This is a loaded question, but no, for the most part, it’s not necessary to be face to face to serve documents. If we can’t get to the person, we may be able to effect service in other ways. Call us to find out more.
NO! The laws of trespass do apply. We cannot trespass on private property.
In most cases, a process server (someone who delivers official court documents) like lawsuits, petitions, enforcements, etc. on behalf of the client for the court can't leave papers sitting under the doormat or posted to the door unless accompanied by a court order specifically specifying such as service but there are situations when they might still serve the documents without the intended recipient present.
We specialize in serving Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties within Arizona, though we offer services in every state across the United States. With a nationwide network of process servers, we can provide service of process, skip-tracing, document retrieval, and court filing at one affordable flat rate in any one of the 50 states.
Different states have different laws concerning the acceptance of papers, but in Arizona, a defendant or target does not have to accept the serving of the papers formally. If the party admits his or her identity but refuses the documents, the process server can leave the papers at the target's feet and walk away.
Process serving rates can vary from case to case and state to state. The same day or rush serves, such as 1 hour to 3 hours for the first attempt, are typically charged at a higher rate. The cost of a routine serve (a service that is first attempted within 3-5 days of receiving the papers) can be as low as $20 and can go up to $500, but the national average is somewhere between $75 and $125. Our TAT (turn-around-time) and the number of attempts all depend on your given situation.
Many of our competitors post their process serving rates on their websites and then hit you for extra charges for a rush job or serving papers at unsociable hours. We don't believe in a one size fits all charging policy; we don't believe in adding extras. We believe in providing value and excellent service. That's why we don't post a ''price list'' here. Every situation is unique; we respect and appreciate your situation and will work with you to get a price that works for everyone.
Call us today; let's discuss your situation, establish what you need, agree a fair process is serving rate, and get on with helping you solve your problem. Remember, we aim to be part of your solution, not part of your problem. So pick up the phone, call Serve Monsters and let's get your service of the process underway. Our philosophy on Arizona process serving rates is simple. We won't be undersold.
If you have questions that we haven't covered, please call us – we'll be happy to help and maybe add them to this list.