WHAT DO PROCESS SERVERS IN OREGON DO?

This article will provide guidance on What Do Process Servers in Oregon Do? The term ‘service of legal documents’ refers to the process through which an individual is presented with a document that contains information Delivery of legal documents in a manner recognized by the law is considered ‘service.’ Suits may have significant repercussions. Therefore, the person being sued must be given enough notice of the claim and instructions on how and when to file an objection. A private process service agency like Undisputed Legal is often the best bet since we remain accountable and are entirely dedicated to ensuring that your papers are safely and quickly delivered.

A record of service must be filed with the court by the person serving the papers, including the method of service, the date and location of service, and a description of the documents given to the party being served. If the party served does not respond to the lawsuit within the prescribed time frame, the court will assume that the party was not interested in the case and did not submit a response or objection.  There may be technicalities involved in the service regulations. If the service procedure is disturbed, the case might be delayed or thrown out. We at Undisputed Legal ensure that your service is conducted as smoothly as possible and meticulously follows all due diligence guidelines.  

BACKGROUND

The plaintiff or defendant should have the papers ready for the server. A ‘Summons’ is a legal process that often requires service. A ‘Complaint’ is also required to initiate legal action. (The equivalent document in domestic relations is termed a ‘Petition’ rather than a ‘Complaint’). To initiate legal action, a petition or complaint must first be submitted to the court. The party being served receives an authentic or correct copy. The party being served will learn the filing party’s desired outcome from the Complaint (or Petition). It might be a Petition for Dissolution (Divorce), Child Custody, or anything else, or a Complaint regarding money due, in which case a money judgment is sought.

A lawsuit is initiated by serving the defendant with a Summons. The document specifies the county where the lawsuit is pending, the time the person served must react, and the form that must be used to submit the response. There is often a thirty-day cutoff.

In each given case, each of the involved parties is known by a specific name and status. The ‘Plaintiff’ or ‘Petitioner’ is the individual or organization initiating the legal action. The ‘Defendant’ or ‘Respondent’ is the sued person or entity. Throughout the lawsuit, the current titles of the parties will remain unchanged. A common example is the filing of a request for modification or other post-Judgment proceedings in a family law case to address any changes in the status of the children or the parties. If the person making the request is the defendant or respondent at the time, they shall continue to be known as the defendant or respondent and not as the plaintiff or petitioner.

Throughout the lawsuit, the current titles of the parties will remain unchanged. A common example is the filing of a request for modification or other post-Judgment proceedings in a family law case to address any changes in the status of the children or the parties. If the person making the request is the defendant or respondent at the time, they shall continue to be known as the defendant or respondent and not as the plaintiff or petitioner.

It should be noted that the vast majority of documents in a suit often are difficult to keep track of. While service may be served through a sheriff, it is often preferable to engage the services of a private process service agency like Undisputed Legal insofar as it reduces the hassle for our clients as well as assures them as to the status of their documents. With the various roles a sheriff’s office has to play; this is often difficult to ensure. Please visit our rules and laws page, Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure.  For instructions on How To Serve Legal Papers in Oregon, Click Here!

DOCUMENTS FOR process SERVICE

Both the party issuing the summons and the party upon whose service is sought are considered ‘plaintiffs.’ A ‘true copy’ of a summons and complaint is defined as an exact and complete copy of the original summons and complaint with a certificate upon the copy signed by an attorney of record, or in the absence of an attorney, by a party, indicating that the copy is accurate and complete.

The defendant must attend and defend within thirty days of the date of service, regardless of the method of serving. The defendant must attend and defend within thirty days of the date mentioned in the summons if service is made by publication. When a summons specifies a date, that’s the day the initial publishing must occur. Our process servers in Oregon serve all manner of court papers, including but not limited to summonses and complaints; divorce and family court documents; subpoenas and citations; small claims court cases; orders to show cause; petitions and discovery documents; eviction and landlord/tenant notices and motions and more. We have established a presence in Oregon as a full-service process-serving organization that helps out everyone from the federal government and local governments to legal professionals and the general people.

process SERVICE OF SUMMONS TO A PLAINTIFF

Service of process may be made inside or outside of this state in any way the court deems appropriate to provide the defendant prompt notice of the action and a fair chance to prepare a defense. Service may be made in person on the defendant or an agent of the defendant authorized to receive process; by substituted service by leaving a copy of the summons and complaint at the defendant’s dwelling house or usual place of abode,  by office service by leaving a copy with a person who appears to be in charge of the defendant’s place of business, by mailing or publication or by personal service. At Undisputed Legal, our multiple attempts at service do not see any location as a hindrance, and we specialize in locating evasive defendants.

A real copy of the summons and a true copy of the complaint may be personally delivered to the defendant. A correct copy of the summons and the complaint may be served by personal delivery at the residence or regular place of abode of the person to be served to any person fourteen years of age or older resident in residence or usual place of abode. A true copy of the summons and complaint, together with an affidavit setting forth the date, time, and place of substituted service, shall be mailed by first class mail to the defendant at the defendant’s dwelling house or usual place of abode as soon as reasonably practicable after substituted service is made. Substituted service must be considered complete upon such mailing for the purpose of determining any amount of time required or permitted by these rules or by legislation.

If the defendant has an office for doing business, service may be done by leaving a copy of the summons and complaint with the person in charge of the building during business hours. A true copy of the summons and complaint, with an accompanying statement of the date, time, and place of service, shall be served by first-class mail on the defendant at his or her residence, place of business, or any other place where service under the circumstances would be most likely to inform the defendant of the existence and pendency of the action. Office service shall be complete upon such mailing for the purpose of calculating any amount of time stipulated or authorized by these rules or by legislation.

A genuine copy of the summons and complaint, along with any additional documents necessary or authorized to be served under this rule or by legislation, should be sent to the defendant by first class mail and either certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or express mail. First-class mail does not include registered or certified mail or any other mail that might cause a delay in the email’s actual delivery to the intended recipient for this section.

Service by mail will be effective for purposes of computing any period provided by these rules or by statute on the date the defendant signs a receipt for the mailing, or three days after the mailing if mailed to an address within the state, or seven days after the mailing if mailed to an address outside the state, whichever occurs first.

OUT-OF-STATE PROCESS SERVICE 

Service of summons may also be made in the manner prescribed by the law of the foreign country for service in that country in its courts of general jurisdiction, as directed by the foreign authority in response to letters rogatory, or as directed by order of the court if the party being served is located outside of the United States. Any such service, however, must be reasonably expected to reach its intended recipient.

In accordance with a court order, notice may be published and considered as a completed service.

The court orders an alternative manner of serving. The court has the discretion to order service by any method or combination of methods which, under the circumstances, is most reasonably calculated to apprise the defendant of the existence and pendency of the action; the court may set a deadline for a response if service is required by a method other than publication. If the court directs service by publication, the plaintiff must send a copy of the summons and complaint to the defendant at their last known address using certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, or express mail, as well as first-class mail. 

Our Oregon process service provides three different levels of service to our customers. We offer Routine Service, wherein the Process Server will make its first attempt within five to seven business days, and Rush Service, where the Process Server will make its first attempt within forty-eight hours. We also offer service by mail, wherein the documents will be sent out within twenty-four hours. 

A process server will make up to three (3) tries to deliver your documents, regardless of the service level you choose. We ensure that service is attempted in the morning, afternoon, and evening. It should be noted that only seasoned process servers in Oregon who adhere to the most recent license, schooling, and bonding standards set by the jurisdiction in which they serve process will do so.

RECEIPT OF process SERVICE 

A copy of the evidence of service, proof of mailing, or proof that the defendant cannot be located must be returned to the clerk with whom the complaint was filed as soon as possible. The certificate of the server is necessarily indicating [A.] the time, place, and manner of service; [B.]that a server is a competent person eighteen years of age or older and a resident of the state of service or this state; [C.] that the server is not a party to, nor an officer, director, an employee of, nor an attorney for any party, corporate or otherwise;  and [D.] that the server knew that the person, firm, or corporation served is the identical one named in the summons. Suppose the defendant is not present when the summons and complaint are served. In that case, the server must indicate on the certificate the date, location, and name of the person or persons with whom the documents were left or provide a detailed description of how and when the defendant was served. If the summons and complaint were sent, the party’s attorney or the person who mailed them must certify that they were sent and provide a copy of the return receipt.

 A certificate of service signed by a sheriff or a sheriff’s deputy that specifies when, when, and with whom a copy of the summons and complaint was placed or gives a detailed account of the circumstances under which service was made if the defendant is not physically served. A return receipt and a notation on the certificate are required if the summons and complaint were sent over the mail. Summonses, affidavits, and certificates of service may be amended with the court’s permission. If the person served with the summons would not be substantially harmed by mistake, the court will ignore it. 

The person initiating legal action is responsible for ‘serving’ (or delivering) notice of the case to the opposing party. How the other side finds out is via ‘service.’ To whom, when, and how ‘evidence’ of service is to be submitted to the Court once service has been made are all matters governed by the law. Generally, a lawsuit cannot go forward if the defendant was not given enough notice. This case may be dropped entirely.

At Undisputed Legal, we believe that our clients deserve transparency and an understanding of where their service may be. Consequently, we provide Affidavits of Service Generated Via GPS  for each of our clients. Prior to mailing any affidavit, we send an email copy to you as well. We also ensure that we send out ‘Real Time’ Email Updates so that you are involved in the entire manner of service.  Further, new customers may get a free basic skip trace. 

OUR PROCESS

Documents can be faxed at (800) 296-0115, emailed to ps@undisputedlegal.com, or uploaded to 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 will receive all documents.

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INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE AREAS:

Albania | Andorra | Anguilla | Antigua | Argentina | Armenia | Australia | Austria | Azerbaijan | Bahamas | Barbados | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Bermuda | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Botswana | Brazil | British Honduras | British Virgin Islands | Bulgaria | Canada | Cayman Islands| Central and Southern Line Islands | Chile|China (Macao) | China People’s Republic | Colombia | Costa Rica | Country of Georgia | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Dominican Republic | Ecuador | Egypt | Estonia | Falkland Islands and Dependences | Fiji | Finland | France| Germany | Gibraltar | Gilbert and Ellice Islands | Greece | Guernsey | Hong Kong | Hungary | Iceland | India | Ireland | Isle of Man | Israel | Italy | Jamaica | Japan | Jersey Channel Islands | Jordan | Kazakhstan | Korea | Kuwait | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg| Malawi | Malaysia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico| MonacoMontenegro | Montserrat | Morocco | Namibia | Netherlands | New Zealand |Nicaragua | Norway | Pakistan | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Philippines | Pitcairn |Poland| Portugal | Republic of Moldova | Republic of North Macedonia | Romania |Russian Federation | Saint Vincent and the Grenadines | San Marino | Saudi Arabia | Serbia | Seychelles | Singapore| Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sri Lanka | St. Helena and Dependencies | St. Lucia | Sweden | Switzerland | Taiwan | Thailand | Tunisia | Turkey | Turks and Caicos Islands| UkraineUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Uruguay | US Virgin Islands | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Vietnam

OFFICE LOCATIONS

New York: (212) 203-8001 – 590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, New York 10022
Brooklyn: (347) 983-5436 – 300 Cadman Plaza West, 12th Floor, Brooklyn, New York 11201
Queens: (646) 357-3005 – 118-35 Queens Blvd, Suite 400, Forest Hills, New York 11375
Long Island: (516) 208-4577 – 626 RXR Plaza, 6th Floor, Uniondale, New York 11556
Westchester: (914) 414-0877 – 50 Main Street, 10th Floor, White Plains, New York 10606
Connecticut: (203) 489-2940 – 500 West Putnam Avenue, Suite 400, Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
New Jersey: (201) 630-0114 – 101 Hudson Street, 21 Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302
Washington DC: (202) 655-4450 – 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Suite 300, Washington DC 20004

FOR ASSISTANCE SERVING LEGAL PAPERS IN OREGON

Simply pick up the phone and call Toll Free (800) 774-6922 or click the service you want to purchase. Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to assist you. We can handle all your process service needs; no job is too small or too large!  For a complete list of our Oregon Process Service Coverage Areas, Click Here!

Contact us for more information about our process-serving agency. We are ready to provide service of process to all our clients globally from our offices in New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Westchester, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C.

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Sources

1. A Summons may not be issued in a family law action, including a motion to change a verdict. There will probably just be a Motion, a Declaration or Affidavit, and an Order to Show Cause if the individual submitting is seeking to modify a decision that has already been entered in court (OSC). However, the party served with the Order to Show Cause should be given 30 days to submit a Response or a court date and time to appear.

2. A copy of the summons and complaint must be addressed by the means mentioned above to the defendant at the defendant’s last known address if the plaintiff does not know and cannot, upon diligent investigation, determine the current address of any defendant. However, service by mail of the summons and complaint is not needed if the plaintiff is unaware of the defendant’s present and last known addresses and makes reasonable efforts to learn them but is unsuccessful.

3. If the court finds that the defendant received actual notice of the substance and pendency of the action, then the court will have jurisdiction over the person regardless of whether or not the summons was served in accordance with the form requirements set forth in this rule or issued by an authorized officer of the court.

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