They served you! These three words are not only familiar, but have gained notoriety over the years. People fear the mere mention of these words. But what does it really mean?
It has been said that understanding is the key to erasing fear. Generally, service of process involves two parties on opposite sides and a legal act that connects the two parties. Specifically, the two parties are the one serving the process or the one that caused the process notification and the other is the intended recipient of the process. It is the recipient of the process who is generally “afraid” to hear the line of “you were served”. But saying those same words means success for the other party.
“You were served” basically means that a party learned that a lawsuit was filed against them. Since a lawsuit is generally considered a nuisance or a glitch in everyday life, it is avoided, it is avoided, it is dodged, it is avoided, and in many ways it is avoided in various imaginative ways.
Avoid drama during personal service or process delivery
The best way to notify any legal process is by personal service or service, which can be done by delivering the physical process or documents to the person named in the documents. This means that the person serving will have to go face-to-face with the person named in the legal documents that will be served to them.
In most cases, once a person is tendered with the legal process, they receive it without much fuss. The process server will write the date and time of delivery on your copy of said legal process. The service of the process is then completed and the person named in the process is now within the jurisdiction of the court that issued the process.
However, in certain exceptional cases, since there is a face-to-face encounter or confrontation, in many circumstances it becomes a bit dramatic. This happens when the person to whom the legal process is served refuses to receive it, and the process server insists on receiving the same documents. The inherent situation is a possible conflict zone.
In this case, a process server with good communication and soft skills will be successful in serving the legal process with the least amount of difficulty possible. It should be understood that anyone’s initial reaction to any legal process is to refuse, refuse, and then flee. Thus, a process server that can serve the roles in the most calm and friendly way will overcome this initial rejection.
Time is also a factor in personal service. Timing, when combined with prior research on the personality and behavior of the person to be served, will produce a high success rate and eliminate the risk of conflict. Most people will keep any indication that they are being sued a secret. That is why it is important that any subpoena, demand letter or any legal document in this regard be privately served on you. This would eliminate the burden of explaining to any escort you may have at the time of service why you are being given such a process.
In the event that the intended recipient continues to decline service from the process, the process server should attempt to notify it at least two more times. Serving the process at least three times would constitute reasonable diligence and could be a solid basis for requesting a substitute service, which is another method of process service.