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Florida courts generally obtain jurisdiction over a defendant when a summons and complaint is properly served on the defendant. When the defendant resides outside Florida, the process server is usually unfamiliar with Florida’s process service requirements. This often results in invalid service of process, which means the court lacks jurisdiction. In such cases, the defendant’s Florida attorney can file a motion to quash service and dismiss for lack of jurisdiction over the person.
For example, Florida Statutes Section 48.194(1) requires that service outside the State of Florida be made “in the same manner as service within this state by any officer authorized to serve process in the state where the person is served.”
Florida Statutes Section 48.031(5) states that service in Florida requires the person serving process to place on the copy served “the date and time of service and his or her identification number and initials for all service of process.”
Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.070(e) provides that “[t]he date and hour of service shall be endorsed on the original process and all copies of it by the person making the service.”
Florida Rules of Civil Procedure 1.070(e) provides that “a copy of the initial pleading shall be delivered to the party upon whom service is made.”
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Service of Florida Lawsuit Outside Florida Must Follow Florida Laws