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DISTRICT COURT SUMMONS, CIRCUIT COURT SUMMONS, SMALL CLAIMS AND GARNISHMENTS

These papers may be served "upon an individual, other than an infant or an incompetent person by serving the individual or by leaving a copy of the summons and the complaint at the individual's dwelling house or usual place of abode with some person of suitable age and discretion residing therein as stated in the Code of Alabama 35-9-82

A person of considerable age and discretion for our office is someone over the age of 16 and living with the defendant at the address listed on the summons.

Garnishments (all types), will always be served on an employer and can be an individual.  There will be an answer sheet attached that must be filled out by the employer and sent back to the plaintiff.  If the individual to be garnished no longer works for that business or individual, the garnishment must still be served and that information can be noted on the answer sheet by the business agent or individual.  The garnishment notice to the defendant can be served to the employer as long as a legible signature and their business title accompanies the return of service.  If the defendant no longer works for the business or individual, the notice can be returned to the plaintiff with that information.