We learned that a few of our webpages are mentioned in, and
linked to, the official website of the Commonwealth of
Specifically, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts links to our Notary
Public webpage. ---
We're happy to see that the information we're providing in
our website is proving useful.
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new laws effecting who can serve court process in Massachusetts is
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mission of this
support network is to provide quality legal support services by
experienced professionals to attorneys and other members of the legal
community. Although our goal is to work with members of the legal
community, we do offer some services to members of the public. All
notary public and process server services are offered to members of the
network of legal support professionals is run by volunteers who want to
network with other professionals. Membership is voluntary. There are no
dues or fees payable to the Massachusetts Notary Public & Legal
Support Network by the individual members. Nor does the network pay
individual members for services rendered. Instead, the clients that
contract with us are responsible for paying the
individual members. For instance, if a law firm calls and
requests a document to be served in Essex county, the "primaries" will
call a member from Essex county and request that he or she serve the
document. All fee's owed to the individual member for serving the
document will be payable by the law firm requesting the service. For
more information please read the frequently asked questions found below.
What services does your
The Massachusetts Notary Public & Legal Support Network
provides the following services:
Does your Network provide services to members of the public?
Yes and no. Some of
services are offered only to lawyers. For example, many paralegal tasks
(i.e., investigations, etc.) can only be performed under the guidance
and supervision of an attorney licensed to practice law.
By law, a notary public or process server [constable] is a public
officer and servant performing a public duty. Therefore, if a member of
the public asks for notary public and/or process server services, the
public officer must provide the services requested if reasonable, and
if the appropriate fee is tendered.
What exactly is a
A notary public is a public officer
the Governor, with the advice and consent of his council, whose
function is to administer oaths/affirmations; to take acknowledgments;
to issue subpoenas and summonses; to take evidence and testimony by
means of a deposition (oral questioning outside of court); witness
signatures; take affidavits (jurat); and to perform any other duty as
prescribed by law.
In Massachusetts, a
public has the same authority as a district court judge in issuing
subpoenas and/or summonses to compel a witness to appear before the
notary to testify. In addition, when you take an oath/affirmation
before a notary, the oath/affirmation is as powerful as if it were made
before a supreme court judge. A notary that is not familiar with court
procedures should not attempt to issue an order or take testimony.
For more information
the office of Notary Public in Massachusetts, click
What is a paralegal?
As defined by the
Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA), a Paralegal is a person,
qualified through education, training or work experience to perform
substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and is
customarily, but not exclusively, performed by a lawyer. This person
may be retained or employed by a lawyer, law office, governmental
agency or entity or may be authorized by administrative, statutory or
court authority to perform this work. Substantive shall mean work
requiring recognition, evaluation, organization, analysis, and
communication of relevant facts and legal concepts.
Our network does not
with one attorney as most paralegals do. We freelance with numerous law
offices and only seek the assistance of an attorney when and if your
case becomes hectic and requires the practice of law. Normally the
attorneys we contract with authorize us to proceed with a case under
his or her supervision.
Paralegals are allowed
represent clients before government agencies such as the Department of
Transitional Assistance (DTA [welfare]) and the Social Security
Administration (SSA). Our network can assure you that our paralegals
are fully competent and educated in legal studies. Paralegal's are not
attorneys licensed to practice law and cannot give or accept fees for
legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult an attorney. If
you need help finding an attorney, we can help you.
For more information
our paralegal services, click
What is a process
A Process Server is a credible person appointed by a court official who
is authorized to serve
various types of legal documents such as subpoenas,
divorce process, probate court process, etc. A Constable is a process
server who may be either elected or appointed, who is required, under
his/her commission, to perform the various duties of a constable when
called upon to do so. Such duties include: service of process,
enforcement of court orders, etc. Not every process server is a
can become a member?
As of January 2008,
membership in this Network will be by invitation only. This new policy
will not affect current members, however.
Every affiliate must possess two year's of experience and must pass a
C.O.R.I. check. Anyone who has ever been convicted of a felony, any
drug related offenses (under 10 years old), domestic abuse, and/or any
crimes directed towards a police officer, will not
There are no fees or dues owed once you become a member. Any money owed
to you for services rendered will be paid by the client requesting the
service (i.e., attorney).
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: We are
not lawyers licensed to
practice law and cannot give legal advice. Although we contract with
lawyer's, we do not offer their services directly to the public. If you
need legal advice, please consult an attorney. Any information
contained in this website should not be construed as legal advice. Most
paralegal services can only be done with the assistance of an attorney.
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