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Why is Personal Service of Process the Preferred Method?

In the era of COVID-19, people are naturally concerned about any kind of personal contact, even if it is for official legal purposes. Despite these concerns, in-person service of process, also known as personal service, remains the gold standard among all types of service of process. With pandemic restrictions beginning to ease, there is an increasing return to personal service of process, and here are just a few reasons why: Continue reading “Why is Personal Service of Process the Preferred Method?”

Protecting Yourself From Service of Process Issues

Service of process is one of the most fundamental parts of due process in the American legal system. Although it is such a basic aspect of the law, it can be potentially fraught with issues. People who underestimate the risk of complications can find themselves dealing with delays in their case, which can result in missed deadlines and serious setbacks for their lawsuits. Here are five ways you can protect yourself from service of process issues: Continue reading “Protecting Yourself From Service of Process Issues”

The State of the New York Unified Court System

While many of the functions of the courts have started to return to normal, there are still major changes that remain in place from COVID-19. Here are some of the most important things to know about how New York’s courts are operating as of May 2021: Continue reading “The State of the New York Unified Court System”

Five Ways Your Choice of Process Server May Make a Difference

From many people’s perspectives, the choice of who to hire to act as a process server is a largely arbitrary one. As long as they do the job, the mentality goes, it does not matter that much. However, if you choose the wrong person to perform service of process, you might wind up regretting it later. Here are five ways your choice of process server could make a difference in your case: Continue reading “Five Ways Your Choice of Process Server May Make a Difference”

New York Resumes (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules

For much of 2020, New York operated under modified rules for service of process to accommodate the need to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. However, the Chief Administrative Judge for the New York Unified Court System has issued an order resuming normal procedures for service of process. This means that, with a few notable exceptions, the previous procedures are back in effect, although there are still provisions in place for minimizing in-person contact.  Continue reading “New York Resumes (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules”

Why Do E-Filings Get Rejected?

Even before the coronavirus outbreak, e-filing had become the increasingly preferred way for lawyers to file documents with the court. However, with concerns of COVID-19 infection remaining a persistent issue, e-filing has become even more important than before, and when done properly, e-filing can be both convenient and safe. However, if you are not careful, you can wind up having your e-filed documents rejected, and there are a few common reasons why that happens. Continue reading “Why Do E-Filings Get Rejected?”

New York to Resume (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules

For more than six months, New York has been operating under modified rules for service of process to accommodate the need to avoid the spread of the coronavirus. However, the Chief Administrative Judge for the New York Unified Court System has issued an order resuming normal procedures for service of process. This means that, with a few notable exceptions, the previous procedures are back in effect, although there are still provisions in place for minimizing in-person contact. Continue reading “New York to Resume (Mostly) Normal Service of Process Rules”

The Power and Consequences of a Subpoena

One of the more common documents involved in court cases is the subpoena, which is issued when a party wishes to obtain evidence or testimony from someone. For litigators, it is a useful tool, allowing them to collect evidence more easily from third parties by placing the power of the court behind their efforts. But what exactly is a subpoena, and what happens if someone fails to appropriately respond to one? Continue reading “The Power and Consequences of a Subpoena”

Report Uncovers Pattern of Failed Service in Eviction Cases

By law, everyone is entitled to service of process for any case in which they are a party. However, in a recent report, it was found that more than six hundred eviction cases in Washington, D.C. proceeded with significant service of process errors over the course of just two months in 2019. These errors may have prevented tenants from availing themselves of their legal rights, forcing them into a precarious situation that could have been avoided if they were properly served. Continue reading “Report Uncovers Pattern of Failed Service in Eviction Cases”

Is it Legal to Serve Process Through Social Media?

The growth of the internet and related technologies has made it easier for people to keep in touch with one another, but the law has been slow to embrace such technology, particularly social media. Nowhere is this truer than in service of process, where in-person service is still the preferred method, and even delivering service to someone living at the same residence as the defendant is considered inferior. And yet, under some limited circumstances, courts have permitted people to serve defendants through social media. Continue reading “Is it Legal to Serve Process Through Social Media?”