There are many ways to serve the other party with legal documents concerning your case. Most Hollywood movies would tell you that a sneaky character surprises the other person with documents and says, “You’ve been served!” as they drop the papers in their hand, but this is not always the preferred method of service. Maricopa County offers a variety of ways to serve the other party, depending on what will be the most efficient for your situation.
Our firm uses a specialty service that will quickly meet with the other party at their home, work, or other location in order to ensure that the “Service of Process” is handled correctly. Failure to properly serve the other party before a hearing could result in further delays, which may include a later court date.
Once the “Service of Process” is complete, you will be able to focus on the upcoming hearing. You and your lawyer will need to sit down and prepare what topics and questions will be covered during the hearing. You may also need to prepare documents and submit them to the court prior to the hearing. It is important that you use this time to ensure that you know what you would like to say in front of the judge. An experienced attorney will tell you what events are critical to discuss and which subjects should be left out due to courtroom time restraints.