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|We cover the entire Los Angeles county and travel as far North as Lancaster, Palmdale, and Quartz Hill, otherwise known as the Antelope Valley. Heading South along the 14 Fwy, we also make frequent stops in Acton, and Agua Dulce. Our next major area of focus is the Santa Clarita Valley which consists of Canyon Country, Saugus, Castaic, Valencia, Newhall and Stevenson Ranch. Further South over the I-5 Fwy hill, we are home to the San Fernando Valley. The San Fernando Courthouse nearby venue cities include Sylmar, Granada Hills, Mission Hills, Lakeview Terrace, Pacoima, Panorama City, Shadow Hills, Sun Valley, Tujunga, and Sunland. To the San Fernando Valley West, we visit the Chatsworth Courthouse. Its cities and communities include Chatsworth, Porter Ranch, Northridge, Winnetka, West Hills, Canoga Park, Reseda, Tarzana, Woodland Hills, and Calabasas. And heading to the heart of San Fernando valley, to the East we visit the Van Nuys Courthouse; it is the largest in the Valley and serves the cities and communities of Van Nuys, North Hollywood, Encino, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, and Universal City. And finally, to round off the San Fernando Valley is the Burbank Courthouse which includes Toluca Lake.|
How to find a qualified Los Angeles County Process Server….
In the State of California, the law requires that a Los Angeles Process Server be at least 18 years of age and not a party to the action in which he/she is the process server. A party to the action is defined as the plaintiff or defendant. A Los Angeles County process server must be a disinterested person and have no legal or financial interest in the lawsuit in which he is the process server. The process server, after he completes the service of process, must swear under penalty of perjury that the service of process was executed in a proper manner and that the defendant was provided due process and the service of process was made in a calculated manner designed to give the defendant actual notice of the proceeding.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff as well as other County sheriffs throughout California have a civil process division and provide process serving for the general public on a limited basis. Some sheriff’s offices serve only mandated process, such as writs requiring the physical taking of property. For a list of Los Angeles County Sheriff Offices that maintain process serving departments, refer to appendix (a).
In Los Angeles County and most other California counties, there is an alterative to the County Sheriff for your Process Serving needs…
A Registered Los Angeles Process Server.As previously stated, California law requires that a Los Angeles process server be over the age of 18 and not a party to the action. If the person/process server serves more then ten services in one calendar year, he or she must register as a process server. Attorneys, employees of attorneys, licensed private investigators, sheriffs or governmental employees who are acting in the capacity of their employment, and professional photo copiers whose only process serving relates to subpoenas for the production of records, are exempt from registering as a process server. This exemption does not make the person a registered process server. It only exempts them from having to register as a process server.
In Los Angeles County, a person registers as a process server by posting a $2,000 process server bond and filing a certificate of registration with the Los Angeles County Clerk. The certificate of registration states that the registrant/process server has not been convicted of a felony.
The Los Angeles County process server registrant must also provide 2 finger print cards for a State and Federal background check to ensure that the process server has no felony convictions.
The registered los angeles process server statutes give the server authority to serve certain documents such as:+ Writ of Attachment.
+ Writ of Execution.
+ Earnings Withholding Order.
+ Order of Examination of Judgment Debtor.
+ Pre-Judgment claim of right to possession.
The Registered Los Angeles County Process Server also has special legal status in regard to the manner in which the process server conducts himself as a registered process server.
+ Assault on a process server while performing a service of process is a felony.
+ Limited exemption from trespass.
+ Proof of service has rebuttable presumption status.
+ Must be provided access to a gated community when performing a service of process.
+ Service, locate and stakeout fees are recoverable costs.
California registered Los Angeles process servers are not limited to when a service of process can be made.Generally speaking service of process may be made 24 hours on any day of the week, provided that the process to be served originates in a state that allows process to be served without restrictions. Please note that certain states do not allow process service on Sunday.
As stated, there is no hard and fast rule as to when service of process can be made (other than on Sunday) however, a good Los Angeles County process server should use some discretion when serving process late at night or early in the morning. A rule of thumb that most Los Angeles County process servers use is not to serve process after 10:00 pm or before 7:00 am, unless specifically requested by the process server’s client to serve the process at a time outside of those hours.
Other states have varying rules for service of process. A professional process server should certainly stay informed in that regard to avoid an improper service, which could cause serious delays to a court case if the process server failed to perform his duty to properly serve legal documents.
Serious problems can arise out of improper service of process. For example, when a process server makes an improper service or the process server lies on a proof of service declaration, the court has no jurisdiction over the person served. Usually when an improper service is made, it is not discovered for many months, often times after a default judgment is entered. In that event, the defendant may have a cause of action against the plaintiff and the process server for abuse of process and emotional distress to mention a few.
The professional los angeles process server is obligated and has a legal duty to know the proper manner for service of process. His registration could be revoked for performing an invalid service of process.
When hiring a Los Angeles Process Server, it is important to know whether or not the Process Server is qualified to handle your assignment. The following is a list of questions for you to consider in that regard.
Is the Los Angeles County Process Server registered and bonded?
Is the Process Server a full time Professional Process Server or part time Process Server trying to earn a few extra dollars in his/her spare time?
Does the Process Server live and work in the area in which you need a process server? If he lives 50 miles away from your subject’s address, how many times a day or even a week is he going to try to serve your paper? To assist you in determining the distance to and from various Los Angeles County Communities, we have provided a mileage chart. Always make sure that the Process Server you hire resides a reasonable distance from where you need process serving, etc.
Is The Process Server or Process Service Company available 24/7? Do they work nights and weekends? Remember the Sheriff only works early morning and sometimes early evenings…NO weekends! What if your subject is only home on weekends?
Does the Process Server or Process Service Company provide Skip Tracing in the event the subject’s address is bad or maybe he or she moved; who is going to find the new address for you?
How many attempts to serve defendant for your service fee?
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