Before you opt for a process server firm, you must know what they do and why this profession exists.

These Frequently Asked Questions can give you a fair idea about process servers, their roles and responsibilities, and how they can get legal documents delivered to the right person.

Who’s a process server?

A process server is a legal officer, individual, or firm responsible for serving legal documents to defendants and witnesses. Process servers deliver writs, subpoenas, and court summons to the other parties involved in a litigation process.

Do you need to hire a process server for a legal case?

A sheriff, bailiff, or process server can help deliver important legal notices and subpoenas to other individuals involved in a legal proceeding. While a sheriff can help do the job, process servers are apt at tracking the defendant and ensuring that the documents have been served to the right person.

How much do process servers charge to serve legal papers?    

Most process servers may charge as low as $35 and can go as high as $100 or above. Standard services usually cost lower, while rush service or priority service of process can cost higher.

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At Relentless Court Services, Inc., you can get a quote about our services, our charges, and how many attempts our process servers make during a particular service.

A process server or sheriff: Which one should I opt for?

While sheriffs can be employed to serve legal documents, process servers have the expertise to locate defendants and witnesses and ensure that the documents reach the right person within the right time frame.  A sheriff is unable to provide many of the services a process serving firm will that are designed to get your case served efficiently.

How long does it take to get legal papers served?

This varies from process server to process server. However, most process service firms like Relentless Court Services, Inc. offer three different services that range from:

Standard Service – attempts made over 10-14 days

Rush Service – attempts made over 7 days

Priority Service – attempts made over 1-3 days

Are process servers licensed?

Most states don’t require process servers to be licensed or certified. However, a process server should be well versed in the legal rules and regulations of the state that they are serving in.

At Relentless Court Services, Inc., our process servers are certified and have undergone rigorous training to optimize the document serving process for clients.

Can individuals serve legal documents on their own?


If you are a party involved in a legal case, you cannot serve your own legal documents. Courts, sheriffs, and paralegals may hire process servers to serve legal documents to the defendants.

What is the difference between an Affidavit of Service and Proof of Service?

Process servers present their clients with either an Affidavit of Service or Proof of Service.

The Affidavit of Service is also known as the Proof of Service. The Proof of Service is the evidence filed with the court to declare that the process server has successfully delivered the legal documents to the defendant or witness in the case.

A professional process server can expedite legal proceedings. Get in touch with us at Relentless Court Services, Inc. and learn more about our process server services in and around Michigan.