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So I filed my complaint and sent it & the summons to the county sheriff to be served. Defendant does business in a different county than mine, but I have delivery confirmation that the sheriff received it on November 28, which was a Monday. I called the sheriff that Friday and asked if the complaint had been served and was told it hadn't. I haven't called them back yet bc I don't want them to think I'm being a pest or that I am just stupid.

Which leads me to my question... Does the court notify you when your complaint and summons is actually served? Also, since the sheriff is serving it, do I have to file a COS? I've read the RCP's til I'm cross-eyed and can't find an answer to these questions, but maybe I'm overlooking the answers. So, I'm asking for some clarification on how the process of service works...

Thanks in advance.

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Typically, law allows time for papers to be served. In some states it is as much as 120 days. If the law allows someone 120 days to do something, it is human nature for them not to drop everything they are doing and serve it in the first week unless you paid extra for expedited service. I would check how much time Arkansas allows for the service of process. If you see that it is 3 months or so, do not expect it to be done within 3 weeks.

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It's 120 days in Arkansas.

If your using the Sheriff then they will get to it when they are good and ready. If you use a private process server you can get it done the next day or sooner. I paid one an extra $25.00 to have the person served the same day I filed the lawsuit. The Sheriff will make the same amount no matter what so they will get to it when their schedule will allow.

Send, fax, or email a copy to the person or business your suing. They just might see that it is a matter of time before they are served and get the ball rolling before being served.

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