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Service of Process in The Personal Injury Claims Process

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1. Before Service of Process

If a settlement cannot be reached, the personal injury lawsuit must be filed with the proper court. Afterward, each defendant must be served a copy of the summons and complaint for their case by an unbiased third party. That’s where ABC Legal steps in.

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2. Verifying Process Server Qualifications

Each state (and sometimes each court) has rules around who can deliver legal documents. ABC Legal verifies each process server in our network to ensure requirements are met prior to service, keeping you protected.

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3. Delivering Legal Documents

Each court system has regulations around how, when, and to whom documents may be delivered. ABC legal builds rules into our mobile app for process servers to ensure rules are followed at every attempt.

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4. Getting Documentation

Courts require confirmation that the defendant in the case was properly served. With ABC Legal you don’t just get a proof or return of service, you get data-backed documentation from each attempt including GPS validation and photos to substantiate delivery.

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5. Filing the Proof You Get From ABC Legal

Once you have the return, you need to file it with the court you filed the initial summons and complaint, legally confirming service of process. As soon as the proof is ready, you can download it from your secure online account.

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1. Before Service of Process
If a settlement cannot be reached, the personal injury lawsuit must be filed with the proper court. Afterward, each defendant must be served a copy of the summons and complaint for their case by an unbiased third party. That’s where ABC Legal steps in.
Verifying PS Qualifications 137 x 137
2. Verifying Process Server Qualifications

Each state (and sometimes each court) has rules around who can deliver legal documents. ABC Legal verifies each process server in our network to ensure requirements are met prior to service, keeping you protected.

Fast & Effective Service - Delivering Legal Documents
3. Delivering Legal Documents
Each court system has regulations around how, when, and to whom documents may be delivered. ABC legal builds rules into our mobile app for process servers to ensure rules are followed at every attempt.
Filing Proof
4. Getting Documentation

Courts require confirmation that the defendant in the case was properly served. With ABC Legal you don’t just get a proof or return of service, you get data-backed documentation from each attempt including GPS validation and photos to substantiate delivery.

Getting Documentation
5. Filing the Proof You Get From ABC Legal
Once you have the return, you need to file it with the court you filed the initial summons and complaint, legally confirming service of process. As soon as the proof is ready, you can download it from your secure online account.
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Quote Icon Testimonial This was my first time using this company and they did a great job. Their system keeps you updated on the status of service attempts and they then filed the appropriate proofs of service with the court once service was achieved. The price was certainly competitive, especially given the level of service they provided. I will use them in the future.
Patrick C
Quote Icon Testimonial I tried two other competitors who couldn't serve the Defendant. Then I found ABC Legal, and they got it served in less than a week! Amazing customer service, you can track the progress online, whereas the other competitors that I had used kept me in the dark (I had to keep inquiring). You can even message customer service through your online account. Such professionalism, with an impressive (automated) customer portal. Even If this is your first time being a Plaintiff (like me), you must use ABC Legal, or you'll go through the headache of dealing with competitors who just want your money-and don't care if they serve. . . ABC Legal cares, and you won't regret it!
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Quote Icon Testimonial Just started using this service. Have used them on three (3) sets of files so far. Their website makes it easy to upload the documents and keep in touch regarding the status of service of process. They email to keep you informed of each step and are lightning quick to return Proofs of Service once the service has been completed. They are also lightning quick to serve each defendant!
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  • 4-6 service attempts
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  • Photo & GPS data on every attempt
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Rush Service Standard + $65
  • Special Dispatch to process server
  • Expedited first attempt and 3-5 repeat attempts
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Choosing A Process Server for Your Personal Injury Claim
Whether you have a car accident lawsuit, a medical malpractice suit, a slip-and-fall incident, or any other personal injury lawsuit, it’s important that you choose the right process server to help get your documents where they need to go. Learn more about process servers and service of process.

FAQ

What does the timeline of service of process look like?

  1.  Uploaded documents are confirmed as ready and are dispatched to the nearest process server.
  2. If you have standard delivery, expect the first attempt within 3-5 business days and 1-2 business days for Rush.
  3. Additional attempts are made such that they meet local court diligence requirements. The process server continues to make attempts, recording data about each attempt as they go.
  4. Once they are able to make the delivery legally, service is considered complete.
  5. Proof of service is signed by the process server and is available in your account. Where required by the court, it will be mailed to you.
    1. If the process server is unable to make the delivery in the number of attempts outlined by courts for due diligence, a return of non-service will be prepared, so that you can seek other options for service as available.
Once you have proof of service for the delivery of your legal documents, it is important that you submit it to the court in accordance with local requirements. Be sure to confirm what the court you initially filed with requires.

How much does this cost? What do I get for what I pay you?

ABC Legal charges a flat fee for a comprehensive service of process package. Pricing ranges from $65-$135 depending on the state and includes service of process no matter where it is in the state.

That's normally 4-6 attempts at the address provided or until diligence requirements are met or the documents are delivered. We also include associated printing costs and notarization fees where notarization is required by law.

You can upgrade to rush delivery for a $65 fee.

Learn more about the quality and value you get with ABC Legal here.

What are the requirements for service of process for personal injury cases?

Service of process laws and requirements vary state-by-state and sometimes by court. There are laws around who can deliver the documents, to whom the documents can be delivered, when delivery can occur, and how delivery should be documented. 

At ABC Legal, we have our own, high standards for process servers that meet or exceed these requirements and detailed rules in our systems that confirm compliance at every step.

Do you have a process server near me?

Send us your documents and we'll do our uptmost to get them where they need to go.  We deliver in all 50 states. ABC Legal has the largest process server network in the U.S. with more than 2.5K active process servers who regularly deliver documents.

Learn more about our process servers here.

What do I need to do to order service of process for my PI lawsuit?

All you need are the documents you need delivered in a digital format, the name of the person you hope to serve, and the address you'd like us to go to. If there's anything special you want us to know or do for delivery, you can add additional notes for the process server, such as particular times to try or a description of the party to be served, during the place order process. It's that simple. Place your order here.

What happens if something goes wrong? What if you can’t serve them?

People are not always where you expect them to be. If we try the address you provide and we cannot complete the delivery, we'll tell you what happened so you're able to take the appropriate next steps for your personal injury case.

If you know of a second address we can try, perhaps their place of work or another place they could be staying, simply place a new order at that address and note why you think they could be there. To make this easy, if your case was non-served, you will have an Issue, Action Needed in your account. You can add the second address there. This will allow you to place the second order without re-uploading your documents or re-entering your information.

If you're certain that the person lives at the address and should be there, if you are able to provide a photo of the person being served and a person has come to the door during attempts, we can try to confirm their identity using the photo. However, if they are not answering the door, we may not be able to make progress.

When you first place your order, if you know of a day that person may be available you can let us know in the "Additional Notes". If you need us to try at a specific time of day, you may include it, but it will require a special handling fee of $65. If you require us to wait at a house for more than 10 minutes at a property, we can perform a stakeout, for $125, which covers up to an hour at a location. After an hour, there is an additional $1/minute fee, available for up to 3 hours total.

If the process server finds an indication that the person you're looking for resides at the address provided and is avoiding service, you'll have that evidence in your account if you would like to use it to move for alternative service, which may require assistance from an appropriate legal counsel.

What if someone is avoiding service?

It can take multiple attempts to deliver documents for a personal injury lawsuit because people aren't home when we knock on their door. Sometimes, people do actively avoid service. Since we've been doing this nearly 50 years, we're prepared to handle it.

Our process servers gather details during their attempts to validate residency (confirm that the person we're looking for resides there). That information, like the presence of their vehicle, packages addressed to them, or mailbox labels with their name, is made available to you, even if we can't get the person to come to the door.

With that evidence, you may be able to move for alternative service methods to complete service of process. Since alternative service requires court approval, you may want to seek legal counsel to ensure you're on track.

Can you serve a summons and complaint for my personal injury lawsuit?

Yes, in most cases, we can deliver a summons and complaint for personal injury lawsuits. Process servers deliver legal documents alerting people to legal actions taken in or resulting from judgments in civil courts.

As unbiased delivery agents, process servers are eligible to deliver documents for all kinds of civil court cases, except where there are special laws or rules.  There are certain situations where process servers may not serve. In certain states, for example, third parties are not allowed in certain areas, such as on posted property, unsupervised.

Learn more about service of process and process servers here.

Do you have personal injury process servers?

Process servers are able to serve documents from civil court proceedings in most cases, including personal injury. Just upload your documents and we'll get them where they need to go.