There are three ways to serve the claim:
- Have the Sheriff in the courthouse closest to where the Defendant lives or works serve your claim. The fee is $40;
- Hire a Registered Process Server. They are listed in the telephone book;
- Have a friend or family member over the age of 18 serve your claim.
Can anyone serve papers in California?
In California, a person 18 or over qualifies to serve the summons. Ask a friend or relative to serve your spouse the court documents. Or alternatively, hire a county sheriff or professional process server.
Can you be served by mail in California?
If the party to be served is not in California, the party is served by mail ten days after the papers are mailed. If the party to be served by mail does not sign the Return Receipt Requested form, you do not have good service.
Can you refuse to be served papers?
What if the person being served refuses to accept the papers? In most cases, a defendant or target does not have to formally accept service in order for it to be considered effective. If the defendant comes to the door but refuses the papers, the process server may just have to leave them at their feet and walk away.
Can a summons be served by mail?
Some cases allow service by certified mail, such as a small claims cases. You do not need to have someone else serve the defendants. You may deliver the summons and a copy of the complaint by certified mail. Restricted delivery means that only the person you addressed the summons to can sign for it.
How long does it take for sheriff to serve papers?
The average amount of time to attempt to serve papers is typically between five to seven days after hiring a process server. However, many companies also offer rush delivery service, including same-day service, where a subject will be immediately attempted to be served.
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