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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
Q) What is a Process Server?
A) A Process Server is a person who delivers legal papers such as; Small Claims, Summons & Complaints, Subpoenas, Unlawful Detainers, etc. to the Defendant, or Individual being sued. 

Q) What is a Proof of Service?
A) A Proof of Service is a court form which is filled out once the Defendant, or Individual has been served with the legal papers. After the Proof of Service is completed it is then filed with the court. A Proof of Service contains information such as; the name of the person who was served, the location where he or she accepted service, the time and date the defendant was served, and the description of the individual accepting service.

Q) What is a Substitute Service?
A) A Substitute Service is when a process server delivers legal papers to an Individual who isn't listed as one of the Defendants on the lawsuit, but either resides at the same residence or works at the same company as the Defendant.  

Q) How long does it take a process server to serve legal papers?
A) The standard time it takes a process server to serve legal papers is 3 to 5 days. However, if a document needs to be served sooner we can arrange for expedited service.

1) Same Day Service (First attempt within 24 hours)
2) Rush Service (First attempt within 3 days) 
3) Routine Service (First attempt within 3-5 days) 

Q) What if a Process Server is unable to serve the legal papers?
A) It all depends why the process server wasn’t able to serve the legal papers. If the location was a bad address then a new location needs to be provided. If the Individual is avoiding service then multiple attempts need to be made until her or she is served.  

Q) What if I don’t know where the Defendant lives?
A) There are different ways of locating the Defendant. One method is called skip tracing. The way skip tracing works is the Defendants name and last known address together with a third piece of information (i.e. Date of Birth, Social Security, or Driver’s License) is typed into a database and an address for the Defendant is found.