Fequently Asked Questions about Process Serving.

You can refuse to accept documents from a process server. However, in most cases, if you do refuse to accept the documents, the process server is legally allowed to leave them next to you or at your feet. Whether you accept the documents or not, you are considered to be served. Refusing to accept documents does not stop a lawsuit against you from proceeding.

If a process server is not able to serve documents, it is usually because the person has refused to accept them, was not home, or is deliberately avoiding being served. The consequences of this depend on the type of documents being served and the laws regarding service where you live.

In some cases, if it can be proven that you deliberately avoided being served after every acceptable method of service was used, legal action may be taken against you.

In other cases, if you refuse to accept documents, or if you were not available to accept them, and repeated attempts have been made by the process server, an application may be made to the court for an order to use an alternative or substitute method of service.

We will always try to locate a subject using information obtained during attempted service. If unsuccessful, we can execute a skip-trace which most often result in successfully finding the subject. Skip-traces are considered a last resort as they are a costly option.

We have a couple of ways to get your files.

1. You can scan and email the file to office@barlisdocserve.ca
2. You can mail them to: P.O. Box 5005 Stn. Main, Spruce Grove, Alberta. T7X 3N2

Yes, a process server can legally serve documents on any day of the week, even holidays. However, each process server may set its own rules regarding serving on holidays, as well as how late in the day they will attempt to deliver documents.


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