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Process Server Myth 1 – A process server must deliver your subpoena to your hands.

Most of us have seen the stereotypical process server in movies, handing papers to some unsuspecting actor and declaring “You’ve been served!”

The reality can be quite different.  The process server does not always have to physically hand you the papers for you to be properly served.  This is especially true when serving process against government officials and agencies, or corporations.  Each state has different rules regarding what make proper service.

For process service of individuals, as opposed to government or corporations, it is generally adequate for the process server to describe the documents and place them in a place that you can see them.  That constitutes service of process, even though you refused to accept the papers.

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