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Process Service Blog

A blog about private service of process and other service of process issues written by Middle Tennessee- Nashville private process server Brad Holton of Holton Services.  Call (615)499-6522 to set up service.

What Exactly is Service?

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So what is service really?  Service is shorthand for service of process.  Service of process, or service, or process, is the general term for the act of taking a legal document such as a petition or a subpoena and tells the receiving person that they are being formally noticed or ordered to do something by a court or in a court of law.  For example, a subpoena could be filed in a lawsuit that orders a random third party to produce documents such as employment records.  The act of formally giving that subpoena to the third party to give them notice the court says they need to get the documents together is service of process.  

Service is formal because it is very important on certain things to know the exact date someone receives legal notice of something.  For example, summons are frequently served by private process servers because a person only has thirty days to answer and private process servers are the fastest way to get the time period going.  It is also super important because if a person is not served, they are not bound by a decision.  If a private process server has sworn and affirmed to the service you can depend on it more than if you tried to do it yourself and bungled the deal.  Also, it is a third party with no interest in the case that can testify about serving the service.  That is what service is under Tennessee law.

Call Holton Services if you need a private process server to serve your summons or subpoena timely, efficiently, and intelligently in Nashville Davidson County and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area.  Trust our smarts and experience and call us at (615)499-6522 to serve all of your legal documents today!