01 Nov 2021

How to serve legal documents in California?

What Is Service?

The law says that when you sue a person, partnership, corporation, or the government, you must give formal notice to the other side that you have started the legal process. In the same way, when you are already involved in a case and file papers with the court, you are required to give the other side notice of the paperwork you have filed. The legal way to give formal notice is to have the other side “served” with a copy of the paperwork that you have filed with the court.

“Service of court papers” means that the other side must get copies of any paper you file with the court.  In “service” a third person (NOT you) is the one who actually delivers the paperwork to the other side.  The person who does this is called the “server” or “process server.”

Personal Service
“Personal service” means that someone – NOT a party to the case – must personally deliver the court documents to the other side.

In “personal service”:

  • The server gives the papers to the party being served. It can be at the party’s home, work, or anywhere on the street.
  • The server has to identify the party being served and hand the legal papers to him or her and inform him or her that they are court papers.
    • If the party being served does not want to take the papers, they can be left on the ground in front of him or her.  If he or she takes the papers and tears them up or throws them away, service is still considered to be valid. The person being served does not have to sign anything.
  • The server then fills out a proof of service, detailing when, where, and how (in person) the papers were served. The server signs the proof of service and returns it to you to file in court.
  • Personal service is complete the day the papers are served.

“Personal service” is the most reliable type of service because the court knows for sure that the person being served got the papers and, if necessary, can question the process server about the “service.”

Since it is the most reliable, “personal service” is valid in all types of case.  Also because it is so reliable, it is generally required when serving the first papers (the petition or complaint) in a case.

Serving Court Documents

Serving papers on another person is an official handing over of documents. Papers must be “served” on any other person who is involved in the law suit or who the law requires get the papers.

This lets the person(s) in the case know what you are telling the court and what you are asking the court to do.

If the papers are not served in the correct way at the correct time, the court cannot go forward with the case.

A person is served when they officially receive the papers.

Papers which start an action (Summons, Petition, Request for Order, etc.) must be filed first and then served on the other person(s).

After the papers are served, a Proof of Service form must be filled out and signed by the person who served the papers. The Proof of Service form must be filed with the court.

Using The Active Legal to serve legal documents is easy. Start by getting informed with some of the most common questions regarding Service of Process, or call us today to hire a professional server of process in San Diego.

03 Sep 2021

Court Filing Services San Diego

Court Filing Services San Diego

Have a last-minute or same-day filing in San Diego County? Visit our website or call us for a rate. The Active Legal has you covered.

Same Day & Rush Court Filings

Our San Diego-based legal couriers are not just regular people driving to court and standing in line at a court house. Instead, the Active Legal Services staff is trained and is expected to know the basics of court procedures. This allows our same-day and rush court filing service to be as quick and efficient as possible. 

Our experience after so many years of servicing the legal sector allows us to know in advance how to solve any issues that may arise at the San Diego court, including problems with filing and fees. 

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Most Common Legal Documents We File at San Diego

We can deliver and file a wide array of different legal documents for you. Whether it be a complaint, petition, or summons, we make sure all of your documents are delivered as quickly as possible and in a safe, confidential manner.

  • Complaints
  • Petitions
  • Summons
  • Answers
  • Motions & Proposed Orders
  • Dismissals
  • Defaults

How to File Court Documents

Active Legal Services makes it easy to file your court documents whenever you need physical document filing in San Diego.

You can follow any of the following points to have Active Legal file your legal documents with the San Diego court:

  • Send us your documents via email
  • Send your documents through our website www.theactivelegal.com
  • Schedule a pickup day and time to have our courier pick up the records at your office

As part of our court filing services, we digitally store your conformed copies free of charge.

Additional Court Services

In addition to court filing, our legal service of process department can assist you with:

  • Obtaining copies of documents from court files
  • Court Research
  • Fax Filings
  • Out of county filings
  • Service of process
  • Investigations
  • Small Claims

Proof of Service

Many attorneys and law firms in San Diego, CA, trust Active Legal Services to get their court filings done quickly and accurately. Our years of experience as a preferred court filing and service-of-process company in San Diego allow us to file legal documents quickly and accurately.

You can trust us with your last-minute filing. We have a rush court filing service available that can get your documents filed the same day.

Advantages of using Active Legal Services

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Each of our legal couriers is trained to be knowledgeable about court procedures.

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Contact Active Legal if you have a filing that has to be rushed or filed first in the morning.

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All of our couriers are familiar with the courthouses, clerks, and legal process to expedite your legal filing in San Diego, CA.

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