Serving the Defendant
The Defendant must be served in accordance with Georgia law. There are several ways in which to accomplish service. First, the Defendant can acknowledge service of the complaint by executing an affidavit confirming his or her receipt of the documents. There is no service fee assessed when the Defendant acknowledges service. Second, the Defendant can be served by the sheriff’s department in the county where he or she resides. The standard service fee in Georgia is $50. Out-of-state service by sheriff varies by county. Third, the Defendant can be served by private process server. The cost of service by process server varies and can be high if the Defendant attempts to avoid service. Typically, you must also file a motion to appoint private process server and receive permission from the Judge prior to completing service. Lastly, the Defendant can be served by publication. The cost of publication varies by newpaper and must be approved by the Court prior to publication.
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