Original Documents

Internationals, Child Support, and More

What are Original Documents?

"Original Documents" is the blanket term used to describe the master copy of legal papers. Most documents you receive are simply a scan, photocopy, or printout of the pages that were filed at court. Original Documents are unique in that they are the very same pages that have been handled since the beginning of the court proceedings. Depending on the case, you may be the recipient of Original Documents - Child Support cases, Subpoenas, and International Services are a few types of Original Documents you could be asked to serve.

How do I know if I've received Original Documents?

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Original Documents will always be delivered to your mailbox. Since there is only one master copy, they cannot be printed out. Most Original Documents you receive will have a colored coversheet, and all will be marked with an insignia saying "Return Original Documents." This insignia is your best indicator that you are in possession of originals.

What do I do with Original Documents?

Serve them! They should be served just like any other job you receive. Pay close attention to the special handling instructions, as originals often have requirements to be aware of. There are a few key differences to note, however:

  • You can only serve Original Documents at the address listed on the coversheet and in your ABC Mobile App. You cannot meet a servee at a neutral location, and you cannot attempt service at a new address if you happen to receive one. You should simply mark the location as a bad address in the App.
  • Non-Service of Original Documents is handled differently. If you have to submit a Bad Address, you must mail the documents back to ABC Legal. You cannot shred Originals - they are the only copy we have! In the event of a Bad Address, mail the documents back to ABC Legal using the attached Business Return Envelope (if one is provided) or by using the UPS labels we provide.