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FAQ’s as applied to process services performed in Massachusetts A.C.E Implemented High Standards and Best Practices for all of its Massachusetts Agents to follow.
The strict policies and procedures of A.C.E are listed throughout this site and can be found on just about all of its pages. Our Standards and Best Practices, together with a strong Code of Ethics modeled from leading associations, form the basis of the policies and procedures followed by A.C.E, Its employees, agents and partners. It is our goal to have every person involved in your service to be consistent, conscientious and perform honestly and accurately.
What is SERVICE OF PROCESS in Massachusetts ?
For purposes of our Best Practices, "Service of Process” in Massachusetts refers to the service of initial or other process intended to acquire jurisdiction over a person or property." Secondary service" of process refers to the service of subsequent papers exchanged between the parties following service of initial process. These Best Practices refer to both Primary and Secondary service of process.
What does Effected or Completed Service in Massachusetts mean?
The word or phrase "effected service" refers to the date that legal process is delivered to a party involved in the legal process or lawsuit.
The word or phrase "completed" refers to the date that legal process is legally binding upon a party. This date may be the same as when legal process is personally delivered to a party, or when presumed by law to have been received by a party.
Service of process or other papers for the purpose of acquiring jurisdiction over a person or property should be performed by a disinterested third party.
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What does Non-Service of Process in Massachusetts mean?
When in-person service upon a named party cannot be effected, the next best method of service should be in-person delivery of process to a person authorized by court rule or statute to deliver process to on behalf of the named party. For example, this includes such person as "member of household or usual place of abode," "person apparently in charge at a principal place of business," "person of suitable age and discretion," full time co-resident,” "parent," "guardian," "registered agent" and "resident agent,” or “statutory agent.”
When service cannot be effected or completed, the next best methods of service is alternate methods authorized by court rule or statute upon a demonstration of the fact that service cannot be effected by personally delivering papers in person. Alternate service may include service by mail, posting, publication and in some very obscure times even by electronic means.
What is an Massachusetts Process Server's Work Product?
The work product of a professional process server is the proof, return or affidavit of service submitted by that person attesting to the fact that a particular person or entity was given legal process in a manner prescribed by law. The proof, return or affidavit of service is what the courts rely upon to determine whether jurisdiction has been acquired over a particular person, entity, or property. The proof, return or affidavit of service must be beyond reproach. A.C.E Process Servers in Massachusetts always take copious notes and documents observations, facts and details for each service provided. These extra efforts prove to be invaluable and a means to memorialize the service should there be any questions or challenges in the future.
What are Unsworn Proofs, Returns and Affidavits Made Under Penalty of Perjury in Massachusetts?
An Unsworn statements made under Penalty of Perjury is a written or printed recitation by the process server of the facts and circumstances surrounding the delivery of legal process to a particular person or entity consistent with applicable state or federal court rule or law. The declaration is to be signed only by the person making the statement.
What is an Massachusetts Affidavit, Proof or Return on Service?
An affidavit, Proof or Return on Service is a written or printed statement of facts made voluntarily, confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the party making it, usually taken before a Notary Public having the authority to administer such oath. An affidavit, proof or return of service is intended to certify the service of a writ, notice or other legal document.
Are Process Signatures required in Massachusetts?
An Affidavit, Return or Proof of Service may be only be signed by the person who delivered and served legal process. It is unlawful to sign someones name on a sworn statement. No matter what, the signature should always be signed by the person who actually performed and effected the actions being attested to.
Do we need a Notary Public in Massachusetts?
If a document must be notarized, yes, a Notary Public in Massachusetts must be present at the time of signing. A Notary Public is a person commissioned by a particular state or county jurisdiction to perform a variety of notarial acts must do so with great specificity and accuracy. Among these, an Massachusetts Notary Public is vested with the authority to administer oaths, and execute jurats.
What is a Jurat in Massachusetts?
A jurat is a certificate by the person before whom a writing was sworn and is designed to compel truthfulness on the part of the signer. The jurat is completed during the execution of an affidavit and is generally written at the foot of an affidavit stating when, where, and before whom such affidavit was sworn. Before executing a jurat, a Notary Public must be satisfied as to the identity of the signor, and the voluntary nature of that persons signature. At least one picture identification issued by a state or government agency i.e. Drivers license or a Passport, is required at all times. The signing of the affidavit, and the execution of the jurat, is required in Massachusetts to be done at the same time in the physical presence of each other.
What is The Role of Notary Public in an Massachusetts Process Serving Company?
A Massachusetts Notary Public, whether employed in a process serving business, or not, must adhere to the state or county laws regarding Notary Publics within the jurisdiction where he or she has been commissioned. These duties and obligations transcend other duties that may be assigned by anyone else including an employer
What about the content of the Affidavit, Proof or Return on Service executed in Massachusetts?
IN Massachusetts a proof, return or affidavit of service must accurately state the date, time, place, and manner of service, and any additional information that would reflect how delivery of process or other legal document was made to a person or entity served. An approximate physical description is also recommended, usually offered by A.C.E Process Servers but is usually not a requirement. When required, a proof or affidavit of service should also reflect the description or relationship of that person to the person or entity served, and the military status of the person served.
What is a Private Process Server do in Massachusetts?
A Private Process Server in Massachusetts is professional person who delivers court related documents or the service of process for Attorneys, law firms, individuals, corporations or organizations based upon the directives of the Lawyer and the laws of the state or district where the legal action was initiated.
Are there rules and laws that Massachusetts Process Servers follow?
Yes, of course! Each state in the nation has its own rules and laws as to how service of process, the delivery and service of legal documents in Massachusetts are "Served" upon witnesses and defendants. Moreover, our Massachusetts process servers are familiar with the laws of the county or state where they serve process.
Why do you need a Private Process Server in Massachusetts?
Private Process servers in Massachusetts know the laws, statutes and regulations related to service of process in their zip code area. There are certain requirements and few constraints that are associated with service of process depending on document type and jurisdiction.
What is a Private Process Server Agency?
Our Process Servers in Massachusetts are directed by A.C.E who is an agency that offers a wide range of legal support services, mainly to Law firms. Most of the services offered by a A.C.E Process Server in Massachusetts are as follows: court filings, document retrieval and copying, evictions, three-day notices, five-day notices, fourteen day notices, serving a petition for divorce or modifications, private Investigation services, process server services, skip tracing, public records search, subpoena service, summons servers, citation servers, federal district summons Servers, federal district subpoena servers, surveillance, mobile notary public, database records research and postal records information.
Does a Private Process Server need to be licensed in Massachusetts?
A process server does not need to be licensed in every state. In fact, many jurisdictions only require a person who is a disinterested party and above the age of 18.
What is a Subpoena in Massachusetts?
Well, a Subpoena in Massachusetts is actually the same as a subpoena anywhere else in the nation. However, some subpoenas do have limited jurisdiction and geographic limitations. A subpoena compels a person or business to appear to testify or to produce evidence. Consider a subpoena to be an order of a court which requires a person to be present at a certain time and place. There are legal consequences and possible penalties for those who do not comply with a Subpoena. A Subpoena is the most widely utilized tool used by lawyers to ensure that witnesses present themselves at a given place, date and time to make them available to offer evident and to testify.
What is a Massachusetts Subpoena Duces Tecum?
A Massachusetts Subpoena Duces Tecum is a demand to produce records at a certain time and place. There are legal consequences and possible penalties for those who do not comply with a Subpoena Duces Tecum. A Subpoena Duces Tecum is the most popular legal command and assists with due process and court proceedings in Massachusetts and all other locations and jurisdictions in the United States.
What is substituted service of process in Massachusetts?
If a party appears to be avoiding service of court documents in Massachusetts, a request may be made with the court to, instead of personal service (i.e. giving the document directly to the person), that the document be published in a local newspaper, served on a person believed to reside with the person at her or his usual place of abode, posted to a front door and then mailed or mailed to a last known address.
What is a Massachusetts Summons?
A summons is a legal court issued document or writ directing a private process server in Massachusetts or other officer to notify a person that an action has been commenced against that individual or entity and that she or he is required to appear, on a certain day, and answer the complaint in such action.
What is legal Service of Process in Massachusetts?
Service of Process in Massachusetts is when legal documents like, summons, complaints, subpoenas, order to show cause, writs, citations, demands and other court documents are delivered to the individual or business to whom the legal document is directed.
What does an A.C.E Private Process Server do in Massachusetts?
An A.C.E Private Process Server in Massachusetts delivers (or serves) legal documents such as, but not limited to, summons, subpoenas, complaints, orders, notifications, demands, warnings and other court documents to a defendant, witness, debtor or an entity involved in a court case or legal proceeding. The process server must serve the documents in accordance with applicable law.. This may mean handing the documents to the defendant personally or sub-serving a full time co-resident in the same household or to a responsible and authorized person at a business.
Do I need a Process Server in Massachusetts?
YES of course you do. Hiring a Massachusetts Process Server is an important official step in proceeding with a court case or mediation. In some states someone who performs service of process is required by law to be licensed, so if you are in one of these states, the answer is simply, definitely! Even if a process server does not need to be licensed in the state where you need service, you should keep in mind that a process server is someone who is experienced in serving legal documents efficiently and in accordance with standard ethics and laws. More importantly, professional process servers are knowledgeable of the legislation surrounding service of process in their jurisdiction, state, county or country. If the service is not performed in accordance with the law, improper service can hinder the case from going forward, or result in the dismissal of the case. Improper service also delays obtaining crucial evidence, which can cause injunctions, and increase in court fees and additional attorney fees.
Where can Defendants and Witnesses be Served Process in Massachusetts?
This depends on which state, jurisdiction or county the papers are coming from. This is also an important reason why you need an experienced Massachusetts Professional Process Server to effect service. In most places, you can serve anyone, anywhere and at any time provided no laws are violated. In Massachusetts we will serve anyone and at any time provided it is a public place and we do not cause a public nuisance or alarm.