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Service of Process

What Does it Mean?

Service of process is necessary for filling a petition or a notice of summons. It refers to the process through which the recipient of the notice is made personally aware of the case.

Things You Should Know

There are three main ways to conduct service of process when filing a notice of summons:

  • through the sheriff's office, which typically charges a filing fee between $50-$60
  • through a special process server, with varying fees; and
  • through certified mail

If service of process has NOT been conducted, a judge may not be able to make a decision on the case. This is why an exact address for the recipients place of residence, if they do not have an attorney, is typically required for service of process.

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