This article will provide guidance on What Due Process Servers in Minnesota Do?  In Minnesota, process servers are responsible for delivering legal documents, such as summonses, complaints, or subpoenas, to individuals or businesses involved in a legal matter.  Process servers in Minnesota may use various methods to locate the individual or business to be served. This may include searching public records, conducting online research, or working with skip tracers to locate the individual. Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions About Process Servers!

Once the individual or business has been located, the Process Servers in Minnesota will deliver the legal documents to them. This may involve personal service, where the documents are delivered directly to the individual or business, or substituted service, where the documents are left with a responsible adult or posted in a conspicuous location if the individual or business is unavailable. Undisputed Legal Process Servers in Minnesota use various methods to locate the individual or company to be served. This may include searching public records, conducting online research, or working with skip tracers to locate the individual. Click here for information on How Rush Process Service Can Expedite Your Case.


Once the individual or business has been located, the Process Servers in Minnesota will deliver the legal documents to them. This may involve personal service, where the documents are delivered directly to the individual or business, or substituted service, where the documents are left with a responsible adult or posted in a conspicuous location if the individual or business is unavailable. A copy of the complaint must be served on the defendant or the defendant’s counsel within five days of the defendant’s appearance in court, provided that the defendant appears within ten days following the completion of service through publication. The defendant will have at least ten days to respond. If the defense is upheld and some of the judgment has already been enforced, the court will order the appropriate compensation. Click here for information on How Service of Process Ensures A Solid Foundation.

Our licensed, skilled, and ethical Minnesota process service delivers your legal documents and subpoenas to any address in Minnesota or the rest of the country. When it comes to servicing the most evasive clients in Minnesota, Undisputed Legal ensures that your papers are always served carefully and accurately. Click here for information on How To Overcome Language Barriers in Process Service 


A copy of the summons and complaint, two copies of a notice and acknowledgment primarily in Form 22, and a return envelope, postage prepaid and addressed to the sender, may be mailed to the party to be served in any action. If the sender does not receive the acknowledgment of service within the time limit specified for the defendant to serve a response, the service will be null and void. Suppose the party being served does not complete and return the notice and acknowledgment of receipt of summons within the time permitted by these rules. In that case, the court will compel that party to pay personal service costs unless good reason is proven for the delay. Click here for information on How Process Servers Protect Your Rights: Myths Debunked.

No matter where they are located, every defendant may be served by mail as long as they sign an acknowledgment of receipt of the summons and complaint. The document informs the defendant that signing the acknowledgment of receipt does not indicate an appearance, acceptance to the court’s jurisdiction, or waiver of any additional defenses. It just acknowledges the defendant’s receipt of the summons and complaint. If the defendant fails to sign and send the acknowledgment, the plaintiff may serve the summons and complaint in any way permitted by law. It should be remembered that there remain distinctions between federal law and Minnesota’s regulation, which renders it imperative to involve a private process service agency like Undisputed Legal.  Click here for information on How Timelines Are Important in Process Serving.

A court may, at any time and on such conditions as it considers reasonable, permit an amendment to a summons or other process or evidence of service. Unless in cases of a violation or perceived breach of the peace, when sued out for the arrest of a person accused of a crime, or when such service is specifically permitted by legislation, serving of legal process on Sundays is not allowed. After the legal documents have been served, Undisputed Legal process servers in Minnesota will prepare and file proof of service with the court to document that the individual or business has been adequately served. Click here for information on How To Identify A Good Process Service Agency


After the complaint and affidavit of the plaintiff or plaintiff’s counsel have been filed with the court, the summons may be served via three weeks’ public notice. The affidavit must specify that one of the above circumstances applies, that the affiant has sent a copy of the summons to the defendant at the defendant’s residence, or that the affiant does not know the defendant’s place of home. Twenty-one days after the initial publication, the summons will be considered served.  

Each publication of summons in action involving title to, or any interest or lien against, the real property should include a description of the real property concerned, affected, or called into dispute thereby, as well as a declaration of the goal of the action. In addition to the publication of this notice, no additional publication of notice of the pendency of the action is required.

Every order required to be served, every pleading filed after the initial complaint, every written motion (other than one that may be heard ex parte), and every written notice, appearance, demand, offer of judgment, designation of record on appeal, and the similar document will be served upon each of the parties When a party is served with or submits a document in a proceeding, that party is said to have ‘appeared.’

Evidence of service will be deemed complete upon receipt of a written acknowledgment by the party or attorney. If the attorney or party cannot be reached at their usual place of business, service may be effected by leaving a copy of the document with the court administrator. After the documents are sent, the service is complete. When a fax is successfully sent and received, the service is complete. 

At Undisputed Legal, we provide three levels of service [A.] Routine Process Service, wherein the Process Servers in Minnesota make their first attempt at service within five to seven days; [B.] Rush Service, where the Process Servers in Minnesota make its first attempt at service within forty-eight hours and [C.] service by mail, where documents are mailed in twenty-four hours. It should be noted that every level of service will have the same level of due diligence ascribed to it. Our process servers in Minnesota will make up to three attempts at service in the morning, afternoon, and evening. The only difference is the time that the service will be attempted.


In the absence of an agreement by the parties to extend the filing deadline, any action not filed with the court within one year after initiation against any party is presumed dismissed with prejudice against all parties. Expert disclosures and reports, depositions upon oral examination and interrogatories, requests for documents, requests for admission, and answers and responses to them will not be filed unless authorized by court order or rule. They will be served within a reasonable time after service. A document may not be rejected for submission by the administrator only because it is not in appropriate form according to any court rule or practice. The court may refuse to accept a document for filing if [A.] it was not submitted with the proper filing fee or assigned file number; [B.] it was submitted to an administrator other than for the court where the action is pending; or [C.] it constitutes a discovery request or response that was submitted without the court’s express permission.

The party submitting the document must provide the relevant filing fee or fees, exhibits or attachments, and a transmission charge of USD 25 for every fifty pages of the filing to the court within five days of the transmission being received. The original of any document submitted through facsimile must be kept in the sender’s files and made accessible to the court or any party to the action upon request, but it need not be lodged.

At Undisputed Legal, we ensure our clients are always kept in the loop. We ensure that you are aware of where your documents are at all times by providing GPS affidavits of service as well as personalized ‘Real-Time’ email status updates. Additionally, for service by mail, we provide you an email copy of affidavit prior to mailing. All new clients also get a free basic skip trace!

Publication of the notice provided will be deemed equivalent to personal service of such summons outside of the state, provided that proof of such service is presented by affidavit of the person providing the same before a person competent to administer an oath.

Service on a non-infant or non-incapacitated person may be made at an address outside of the state by any means prescribed by the foreign country’s law for service in that country, such as those authorized by the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra-judicial Documents. If there is no internationally agreed means of service or the applicable international agreement allows other means of service, service can be done in a manner reasonably calculated to give notice as prescribed by the law of the foreign country for service in that country.

Suppose a defendant who has not yet been served with the process promptly submits a signed waiver. In that case, the deadline for serving a response to the complaint is extended to sixty days from the day the request was submitted to the defendant or ninety days if the defendant is located outside the United States. When a plaintiff submits a waiver of service, the burden of proving service is removed, and the rules operate as if a summons and complaint had been served on the day the waiver was signed.

Service by publication must be shown by the affidavit of the printer or the printer’s designee, the certificate of the sheriff or other peace officer doing the service, the written admission or acknowledgment of the party served, or by the affidavit of any other person doing the service. If notice is not given publicly, the evidence of service must include the date, location, and method of service. Service should be valid even if no evidence of service is made.

The process of serving in Minnesota and around the country may now be obtained from a single, reliable source: Undisputed Legal. We serve your legal papers throughout the country in line with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. As we continue to include cutting-edge innovation and engineering into our investigation techniques, we are better able to acquire precise data and collect evidence, leading to a more conclusive resolution in our search for your suspect. For us, the bottom line is always providing excellent service. Put your trust in the professionalism, dependability, and competence of our servers situated in Minnesota.

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Documents can be faxed at (800) 296-0115, emailed to ps@undisputedlegal.com, or uploaded on our website. We do require pre-payment and accept all major credit and debit cards. Once payment is processed, your sales receipt is immediately emailed for your records.

Drop-offs must call and make an appointment first to be added to building security to permit access to our office. Documents for service must be in a sealed envelope with payment in the form of a money order or attorney check (WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH) payable to UNDISPUTED LEGAL INC.; Our receptionist receives all documents.


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1. A defendant who has been served with a summons by publication but who has not received actual notice of the action may be allowed to defend the action before judgment; and, except in action for dissolution of marriage, the defendant may be allowed to defend at any time within one year after judgment, on such terms as may be just.

2. Service of a summons in action involving such real estate shall be made upon the agent or the principal, and service by publication shall not be made upon the principal if the nonresident person or corporation is the owner of or claims an interest or lien in or upon, lands in the state.

3. Under Minn. Stat. 543.19, the Minnesota Supreme Court has held that serving by mail is valid under the Minnesota Long-Arm Act (1980). Delivery under Minn.R.Civ.P. 4.03 (a) and the statute is considered to have occurred when the individual defendant receives the summons and complaint by mail, as evidenced by a certified mail receipt signed by the individual defendant. The Minnesota Supreme Court held this in Stonewall Insurance Co. v. Horak, 325 N.W.2d 134 (Minn. 1982).

4. To prevent defendants from arbitrarily denying service by mail, the Committee considers this provision an integral element of the system for service by mail. 

101 F.R.D. 96 (Eden Foods, Inc. v. Eden’s Products, Inc. (E.D.Mich.1984).

5. Sims v. Federal Deposit Insurance Co., 100 F.R.D. 792 (N.D.Ala. 1984).

6. Service via approved electronic means utilizing the court’s E-Filing System is complete at the completion of the electronic transfer of the document(s) to the E-Filing System.

7. The General Rules of Practice for the District Courts’ Family Rule 301 through Rule 378 do not apply to the situations.

8. Files may be submitted to the court through facsimile transmission unless electronic filing is mandated by court order. When the court receives the facsimile transmission, the filing is considered complete, and the document is given the same legal weight as the original. To comply with this requirement, you must utilize a facsimile machine that meets the Supreme Court’s established standards.

9. If a document is filed electronically, it will be considered filed on the date and time it was transmitted to the court through the E-Filing System (as defined in Rule 14 of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts) and with the exception of proposed orders, the filing will be time-stamped to reflect this. No date stamp shall be affixed, and the filer shall be notified by the E-Filing System that the court administrator did not accept the filing for reasons permitted by Rule 5.04.

10. Documents may, or where required shall be filed electronically by following the procedures of such order or rule and will be deemed filed in accordance with the provisions of this rule in cases where authorized or required by order of the Minnesota Supreme Court or Rule 14 of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.


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