Each business has a designated person registered with the state to be served process on its behalf, called a Registered Agent. This agent could be an individual who works at the business, a lawyer or law firm, or an outside company that provides this service.
When serving a business ask for the Registered Agent, determine their name, and serve them.
If you see a person named along with the business on the coversheet, then this is likely the Registered Agent.
Other individuals who can be served on the businesses behalf:
- A Registered Agent
- A Corporate Officer (ie: CEO, COO, etc)
- Any owner of the of company
- Any individual authorized to accept
If an employee isn't sure if they're authorized to accept service, don't serve them. Try to see if someone authorized is available. If you are unable to find someone authorized, leave with the documents, it is better to make an additional attempt than a bad service.
Wage Garnishments are always delivered to a business or agency, called a Garnishee, who has been instructed by the court to deliver a portion of an individuals wages to another party.
The businesses being served is responsible for accepting the documents even if the individual in question does not work there, as there are instructions within the documents for how they can notify the court. Wage Garnishments can be be delivered to the branch the individual works at or the headquarters of the company.
Serving Wage Garnishments at a different address than the one provided may be possible when provided a more specific office of the same company.
Bank Levies can only be served at a branch or headquarters of the stated bank.
The bank branch is responsible for accepting service; the teller, bank manager, or employees are responsible for accepting documents without needing to look up the individual being levied.
All bank branches can accept these documents.