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Process Service Associates provides legal document process serving in the Acton and surrounding area.

We are not a process server web directory. We actually directly employ real process servers in the Acton, California area. Don't be fooled by the rest who will only shuffle your Acton court paper documents onto another Process Server who most likely works for an entirely different company that may not even be near Acton. They most likely drive many miles just to get to Acton and cannot guarantee you many attempts, alot of effort, or quality service at your desired Acton location. Here at Process Service Associates whether you are a Attorney, Paralegal, Pro-per, Plaintiff, or Defendant we guarantee you Fast, Quality Acton process serving.

Information on how to find a Qualified Acton Process Server.

In the State of California the law requires that a Process Server be at least 18 years of age and not a party to the action in which he/she is the process server. A party to the action is defined as the plaintiff or defendant. A Acton process server must be a disinterested person and have no legal or financial interest in the lawsuit in which he is the process server. The process server after he completes the service of process must swear under penalty of perjury that the serving of the process was executed in a proper manner and that the defendant was provided due process and the service of process was made in a calculated manner designed to give the defendant actual notice of the proceeding.
The Los Angeles County sheriff as well as other County Sheriffs throughout California have a civil process division located within the court building and provide process serving for the general public on a limited basis. Some sheriff’s offices serve only mandated process, such as writs requiring the physical taking of property.
In Los Angeles County and most other California counties there is an alterative to the County Sheriff for your Process Serving needs…A Registered Process Server.
As previously stated, California law requires that a civil process server be over the age of 18 and not the plaintiff or a party to the action. If the person/process server serves more then ten papers, or services in one calendar year he or she must register as a Acton process server. Attorney’s, employees of attorneys, licensed private investigators, sheriffs or governmental employees who is acting in the capacity of their employment and professional photo copiers whose only process serving relates to subpoenas for the production of records are exempt from registering as a process server. This exemption does not make the person a registered process server. It only exempts them form having to register as a process server.
In Acton a person registers as a process server by posting a $2,000 process server bond and filing of a certificate of registration with the Los Angeles County Clerk. The certificate of registration states that the registrant /process server has not been convicted of a felony.
The process server registrant must also provide 2 finger print cards for a State and Federal background check to insure that the process server has no criminal or felony convictions.
The registered Los Angeles County Acton process server statutes give the process server authority to serve certain legal documents such as
+ Writ of Attachment
+ Writ of Execution
+ Earnings Withholding Order
+ Order of Examination of Judgment Debtor
+ Pre-Judgment claim of right to possession
The Acton Process Server also has special legal status in regard to the manner in which the process server conducts himself as a registered process server
+ Assault on a process server while performing a service of process is a felony
+ Limited exemption from trespass
+ Proof of service has rebuttable presumption status
+ Must be provided access to a gated community during the serving of legal process
+Service, locate and stakeout fees are recoverable costs.
Los Angeles County, California registered process servers are not limited to when a service of process can be made. Generally speaking service of process may be made 24 hours on any day of the week, provided that the process to be served originates in a state that allows process to be served without restrictions. Please note that certain states do not allow process service of legal papers on Sunday.
As stated there is no law, or hard fast rule as to when service of process can be made (other than on Sunday) however, a good Acton process server should use some discretion when serving process late at night or too early in the morning. A rule of thumb that most Acton process servers use is not to serve process after 10 pm or before 7:00 am, unless specifically requested by the process server’s client to serve the process at a time outside of those hours.
Other states have varying rules, and laws for service of process. A professional process server should certainly stay informed in that regard to avoid an improper service. Which could cause serious delays to a court case if the process server failed to perform his duty to properly serve legal documents.

Not all documents have the same court rules for service.
When serving Small Claims actions, Civil Summons & Complaint, Summons & Petition Family law, and eviction cases. Substitute service is legal upon a person over the age of 18 that lives or works with the defendant. Whereas Personal Appearance Subpoena, Writs, and Application and Order for appearance and examination documents must only be served upon the named witness or defendant in the case. Serious problems can arise out of improper service of process. For example when a process server makes an improper service or the process server lies on a proof of service declaration, the court has no jurisdiction over the person served. Usually when an improper service is made it is not discovered for many months often times after a default judgment is entered. In that event the defendant may have a cause of action against the plaintiff and the process server for abuse of process and emotional distress to mention a few.
The Acton professional civil process server is obligated and has a legal duty to know the proper manner for service of process. His registration could be revoked for serving an invalid service of process.
When hiring a Acton Process Server, it is important to know whether or not the Process Server is qualified to handle your assignment. The following is a list of questions for you to consider it that regard.
Is the Process Server registered and bonded?
Is the Process Server a Full time Professional Process Server or part time Process Server trying to earn a few extra dollars while serving in his/her spare time?
Does he live and work in the area in which you need a process server? If he lives 50 miles away from your subject’s address, how many times a day or even a week is he going to try to serve your paper? To assist you in determining the distance to and from various Los Angeles County Communities, we have provided a mileage chart. Always make sure that the Process Server you hire resides a reasonable distance from where you need process serving etc.
Is The Process Server or Acton Process Service Company available 24/7? Do they work nights and weekends? Remember the Sheriff only works early am and some times early evenings…NO weekends! What if your subject is only home on weekends?
Does the Process Server or Process Service Company provide Skip Tracing in the event the subject’s address is bad or maybe he or she moved, who is going to find the new address for you?
How many attempts to serve defendant for your service fee?

We serve Summons and Complaints, Summons and Petitions, Subpoenas, Plaintiff's Claims, Unlawful Detainers, Restraining Orders, Small Claims, Foreclosure Documents, Citations, other Eviction type notices and more.