Personal service of process has been the hallmark for initialing litigation for nearly 100 years primarily because it guarantees actual notice to a defendant of a legal action against him or her.
It is estimated that more than 30% of the U.S. population is now served by courts that either already have or are in the final stages of transitioning to an electronic courthouse. It seems that 30% is just the beginning and the pace at which courts are moving in this directions is quickening. This change has required courts, their constituents and justice partners to rethink how they interact with the courts and how to do business more efficiently. The court constituents now enjoy electronic filing, electronic service between represented parties, electronic alerts/case events, electronic docket sheets and case management tools, all of which have arguably forever changed the way one interacts with a digital court.
At first glance process service seems an easy part of the litigation process. Few are the ones who understand the importance of the service of process requirement to the outcome of a lawsuit. Proper service on a party and a correct affidavit of service filed with the court ensure that the parties to the action have been notified as prescribed by the court system. Failure to complete this process may result in a delay, breach of duty or termination of an otherwise successful trial.
Going back to basics, delivering legal papers is called service of process. The law says that legal papers have to be delivered the right way. Every adult and organization listed in the case must be served with its own set of papers. If legal papers are not served the right way when a case is started, the Judge may make the party starting the case start all over again. This is called a dismissal without prejudice. There are three general ways to deliver legal papers to start a case.
Law firms have increasingly begun to address the explosion of costly high-volume litigation matters by teaming with a dedicated legal outsourcing provider to optimize their internal efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Service of process is a very important part of the litigation process and law firms, county family court offices and corporate legal departments can safely outsource to an experienced process service agency.
Most firms and corporations outsource primarily for cost saving measures and this is considered the biggest advantage for legal process outsourcing, or in particular outsourcing the service of process. It also lends itself positively to the overall business health of the legal firm. Paralegals and legal secretaries can focus more on specialized areas and precious resources can be freed up to further these. At the same time law firms and county departments gain access to a breadth of skills, technology and service offerings, at a reduced cost.
How Outsourcing Process Service Benefits Your Law Firm?
Associated Services has been providing excellence in process serving for over 30 years. We are your partner in legal services throughout the United States! What distinguishes us from other process server agencies is our attention to detail, not compromised when handling volume of services, our knowledge of the intricacies of process serving and our continuous mentoring of the process servers.
We pride ourselves on handling each service with competence and urgency. We carefully follow laws and regulations and closely guide and coach our process servers. No matter the volume of services, our goal is process service done right the very first time!
How do we achieve and maintain our excellence in legal services?
Our staff is knowledgeable and trained to distinguish between different courts and case requirements. They are equipped to handle high volume of process service, review documents and make sure that the affidavits reflect and contain all required by the court components.
We have our own proprietary computer system that helps us keep track of expiration dates, court dates, and detail instructions from the law offices. Each month we review end results on volume papers comparing service vs non-service rates, quality of overall service and look for ways to further serve our clients.
Nationwide is local to us. We constantly train and monitor our process servers and the quality and timeliness of their work. We train them and provide them with feedback. Each service is different, and our process servers are equipped to approach them in a way that guarantees a very high rate of successful completion of the service of process.
"Quality is never an accident! It is the result of knowledge and experience; efforts and skillful execution; intelligent direction and constant mentoring" Brani Andreev
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