This article will provide guidance on How To Serve legal papers in Maine. The executive, legislative, and judicial departments of government are all equal under the Maine Constitution. The Secretary of State, State Treasurer, and State Attorney General are all constitutional officers of Maine, and there is also one Statutory Officer (the State Auditor). Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Process Servers!

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It is the job of the judiciary to interpret the state’s laws. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court is the state’s highest court. Lower courts include the District, Superior, and Probate courts. Probate judges, who are appointed by the Governor and ratified by the Legislature, are the only judges who are not full-time. Probate judges are chosen by county residents for four-year terms as part-time officials. Click Here For information on What Do Process Servers in Maine Do!

If the defendant fails to appear and defend within the timeframe specified in the summons, judgment will be rendered against the defendant by default. The summons must bear the clerk’s signature or facsimile signature. The summons must also be sealed by the court and should include the court’s name and the names of the parties, be addressed to the defendant, and include the plaintiff’s attorney’s name and address. Click here for information on Maine Rules of Civil Procedure

When a summons is issued, the summons is sent to the person to be served, together with two copies of a notice and acknowledgment form and a return postage-paid envelope, addressed to the sender for the purpose of returning the summons. Within twenty days after sending the summons and complaint, if no notice of service is received from the sender, the summons and complaint will be served by a sheriff or a deputy within the sheriff’s county, or other person authorized by law, or by any person designated by the court for Maine Process Service purposes. When considerable savings in travel costs may be realized, special appointments to provide Maine Process Service can be established without charge. Click here for information on How Service of Process Ensures A Solid Foundation.

To provide Maine Process Service to an individual inside the state, Maine Process Service may be done by delivering a copy of the summons and the complaint to the individual personally or by leaving copies of the summons and the complaint with some person of suitable age and discretion who is currently residing at the individual’s residence[1]. Click here for information on How Process Servers Protect Your Rights: Myths Debunked

In a city, the clerk, treasurer, or manager receives a copy of the summons and the complaint. Maine Process Service may be done by delivering a copy of the summons and complaint to the United States Attorney for the District of Maine[2] and by sending a copy of the summons and the complaint by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General of the United States.

Serving the United States and providing a copy of the summons and complaint to the officer or agency of the United States, provided that any additional notice needed by law or regulation must also be delivered, as required by the legislation. Click here for information on How To Identify A Good Process Service Agency

The summons and complaint must be served on any other public company by providing a copy to each officer, director, or manager. A copy must be delivered to each member of any public body, agency, or authority.


To serve the summons and complaint on a private U.S. corporation, an attorney for the plaintiff must send a copy to the corporation by registered or certified mail. The documents should be sent along with the complaint and a copy to any officer, director, general agent, or person employed by the corporation[3]. If no such person can be located, the summons and complaint must be served on the Secretary of State.

Upon the establishment of a corporation under the laws of another state or country, the summons and complaint may be served in one of two ways, either [A.] by delivering copies to any officer, director, or agent of the corporation within the state, or [B.] by delivering copies to any agent or attorney authorized by appointment or by statute to receive or accept service on behalf of the corporation in that state. Click here for information on How Rush Process Service Can Expedite Your Case.

In any action brought against a partnership, and in any action brought against any of the partnership’s partners, the summons and complaint may be served on any general partner or any managing or general agent, or any office or place of business of the partnership within the state; or a copy of the summons and the complaint may be served on any partner outside of the state for Maine Process Service.

In any action on a claim for relief against an express trust, except one brought by a beneficiary in that capacity, the summons and complaint must be served on all trustees, whether they are located within or outside the state, by delivering one copy of Maine Process Service to each trustee or leaving copies at the trust’s office or place of business in the state, or by delivering one copy to each agent or attorney.

In a state of the United States, the model of service provided by that state’s legislation will be followed. To serve summons and complaints on a person subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the state, any person who is permitted to serve civil process by law or who has been particularly appointed to serve it may do so outside the state. The time, mode, and location of Maine Process Service must be spelled forth in an affidavit submitted to the court. This duty is equivalent to doing Maine Process Service in person for the government.

Maine Process Service of summons and complaint may be issued on a person subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of the state by delivery outside the state by registered or certified mail, with limited delivery and return receipt desired[4].

Once the registered or certified mail has been delivered, the Maine Process Service will be considered complete. Suppose the defendant refuses to accept the summons and complaint. In that case, the plaintiff must submit an affidavit stating that a copy of the summons and complaint was given to the defendant by regular mail after receiving notice of the defendant’s rejection.

On motion, the court will order service by publication if it can be shown that service cannot be made with due diligence by another prescribed method. For service by publication to be enacted adequately, there must be [A.] a brief statement of the action’s purpose; [B.] if the action may affect property or credits, [C.] an explanation as to why service by publication; and [D.] the summons prescribed. The order further specifies that it be published three times in a general circulation newspaper in the county in which the action is proceeding and that a copy of the order as published be sent to the defendant if the defendant’s address is available to comply with the Maine Process Service.

Immediately after the order is given, the initial publication of the summons must occur. On the twenty-first day following the initial publishing, Maine Process Service is completed. An affidavit from the plaintiff stating that publication has occurred must be submitted to the court.

The court may allow any Maine Process Service or evidence of service to be changed at any time and on any terms, it deems appropriate unless it is evident that serious harm will be caused to the party’s substantial rights against whom the Maine Process Service was issued.


Subpoenas must include [A.] the name of the court from which they were issued, [B.] the title of the action, [C.] the name of the court in which it is pending, and the civil action number; and [D.] command each person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony or to produce and permit inspection and copying of designated, or permit inspection of premises,  at the direction of the court. Even though a summons may be issued alongside a summons for a person to appear in court, the summons to provide evidence and allow inspections might be issued independently.

A subpoena may be issued to the Superior Court from any county court and to the District Court from any district court in the state. The clerk will issue a subpoena to the party that requests it, signed but otherwise blank, so that the party may fill it out before it is served. As an official of the court, a Maine attorney may issue and sign a subpoena.

It is permitted for any individual who is not a party in the case to serve the subpoena, even the attorney of a party, as long as they are at least eighteen years old. When a subpoena is served on someone, a copy of the summons must be delivered to that individual. If the person’s presence is required, the costs for one day’s attendance and the miles permitted by law should be presented to the individual.

A party or an attorney responsible for issuing and delivering a subpoena must make reasonable efforts to avoid inflicting an undue burden or expense on the subject of the subpoena. The court that issued the subpoena is responsible for enforcing this requirement and imposing a sufficient penalty, which may include, but is not limited to, lost profits, a reasonable attorney’s fee, and other reasonable expenses expended in securing the punishment.

A person ordered to produce and allow inspection and copying may serve a written objection to inspection or copying of any materials or premises designated in the subpoena on the party or attorney designated in the subpoena within fourteen days after Maine Process Service of the subpoena or before the time specified for compliance. The party serving the subpoena may only inspect and copy the documents and the premises upon the order of a justice or judge of the court to which the subpoena was issued. In the event that someone objects to the service of a subpoena, the party issuing it might nevertheless ask for an order requiring production. An order to compel production may safeguard any non-party or officer of a party from significant expenditures related to the inspection and copying demanded by such an order.

As long as a deposition, hearing, or trial necessitates a person’s presence at the production or inspection, they do not have to be in person at the location of production or inspection.

how to domesticate an OUT-OF-STATE SUBPOENA in Maine

Issuing an out-of-state subpoena pursuant to the Uniform Interstate Deposition and Discovery Act (UIDDA)-Maine, the clerk of the court in the county where discovery is to be performed in this state must be presented with a foreign subpoena before it may be requested that a subpoena be issued under this section. Subpoenas issued under this law do not obligate a person to appear in court in Maine.

Second, the clerk of a court in this state must swiftly issue a summons to the person to whom the international subpoena is sent, in line with that court’s process.

A subpoena issued for a foreign defendant must include: [A.]   the terminology appropriate for the subpoena from abroad; and [B.]  part of the subpoena, it must include or be accompanied with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all counsel of record and of any party that is not represented by counsel.


Documents that must be produced in response to a subpoena must be produced in the manner in which they are normally preserved in the course of business or organized and labeled in accordance with the Maine Process Service categories requested. Additionally, the claim of privilege or protection as trial preparation materials must be presented explicitly when information subject to a subpoena is withheld. For Maine Process Service, it is necessary to describe the nature of the papers, messages, or other objects that have not been supplied to the requesting party’s satisfaction so that the claim may be contested.

At any trial or hearing, the judge or justice in charge of the proceedings will be the first person to receive motions about subpoenas requiring the attendance or production of physical evidence or documents. Contempt of the court or county where the deposition is being taken may be imposed on anybody who refuses to comply with a subpoena issued on them without good cause.

It is the duty of a clerk of court in the state where the international subpoena was issued to swiftly issue a subpoena for Maine Process Service on the person to whom it was addressed.

All parties involved in the action to which the subpoena pertains and any party not represented by counsel must be included or accompanied by the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all attorneys of record in the case. A foreign subpoena submitted must [A.] incorporate the terms used in the foreign subpoena; and   [B.] contain or be accompanied by the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all counsel of record in the proceeding to which the subpoena relates and of any party not represented by counsel.


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[1] The process may also be done by delivering a copy to an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process; provided that the agent is not a minor or an incompetent person

[2] The process may also be done by an assistant United States attorney or clerical employee designated by the United States attorney in writing filed with the clerk of the United States District Court for the District of Maine,

[3] If no such officer or agent can be located

[4] In cases where the person being served has an interest or lien in real or personal property within the state that needs to be extinguished, regulated, defined, limited, or otherwise affecting the title to any property; or second, in cases where the person being served is requesting a divorce or a declaration of marriage as a nullity


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