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You’ve Been Served! What to do next?

January 24, 2011 1 comment

You’ve Been Served!

So you have been served papers.  Now what?

First of all, don’t ignore them. Too many people put it out of their minds, wad them up, or just willfully ignore the papers that they have been served. This is a terrible idea.

As we have discussed, service of process is the courts way of confirming that you have notice of a pending matter. If you have notice and don’t do anything about it, you are likely to face a default judgment or other action to your detriment. You could also be held in contempt of court.

First, read the papers. They will contain valuable information that will let you know what the matter is about, and just how long you have to respond.

Second, get legal advice. Many attorneys will give free consultations and let you know the basics of where you stand. Some people who feel confident in their research and analysis skills can find out what they need to know on the internet.

Third, act accordingly. Remember, time is counting down from the moment you were served. The longer you take to get advice, the less time you or your attorney have to act to protect you and your rights.

Domestic Violence Process Service

During divorce, domestic violence restraining orders, custody issues, you may need to have someone you know served with papers.

Not only is it illegal to serve these papers yourself, you probably don’t want anyone else you both may know serving these papers either.  This is a perfect case of needing a process server.  Allowing a 3rd party to deliver an order of protection or other document may alleviate emotional stresses and create another (sometime much needed) barrier between the parties.

If you have questions about domestic violence protection orders, please review the information here.

What is Process Service?

So what is Process Service, anyway?
Process Service is a procedure designed to give notice to a person or corporation that they need to be aware of a court (civil, criminal, or administrative) action. There are specific rules about who can serve, how they can serve, and ultimately what counts as service. You can read about the Colorado rules in our previous posts.
When you are served, you are given notice of a court action that you can then deal with. If you have someone else served, the court knows that they have been given notice. That way if they don’t respond or show up, the court can proceed knowing that that person had their opportunity.

Elite Process Service in Denver Colorado

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