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    Summons, by whom served.

    801.10
    801.10 Summons, by whom served.
    801.10(1)
    (1) Who may serve. An authenticated copy of the summons may be served by any adult resident of the state where service is made who is not a party to the action. Service shall be made with reasonable diligence.

    801.10(2)
    (2) Endorsement. At the time of service, the person who serves a copy of the summons shall sign the summons and shall indicate thereon the time and date, place and manner of service and upon whom service was made. If the server is a sheriff or deputy sheriff, the server's official title shall be stated. Failure to make the endorsement shall not invalidate a service but the server shall not collect fees for the service.

    801.10(3)
    (3) Proof of service. The person making service shall make and deliver proof of service to the person on whose behalf service was made who shall promptly file such proof of service. Failure to make, deliver, or file proof of service shall not affect the validity of the service.

    801.10(4)
    (4) Proof if service challenged. If the defendant appears in the action and challenges the service of summons upon the defendant, proof of service shall be as follows:

    801.10(4)(a)
    (a) Personal or substituted personal service shall be proved by the affidavit of the server indicating the time and date, place and manner of service, that the server is an adult resident of the state of service not a party to the action, that the server knew the person served to be the defendant named in the summons and that the server delivered to and left with the defendant an authenticated copy of the summons. If the defendant is not personally served, the server shall state in the affidavit when, where and with whom the copy was left, and shall state such facts as show reasonable diligence in attempting to effect personal service on the defendant. If the copy of the summons is served by a sheriff or deputy sheriff of the county in this state where the defendant was found, proof may be by the sheriff's or deputy's certificate of service indicating time and date, place, manner of service and, if the defendant is not personally served, the information required in the preceding sentence. The affidavit or certificate constituting proof of service under this paragraph may be made on an authenticated copy of the summons or as a separate document.

    801.10(4)(b)
    (b) Service by publication shall be proved by the affidavit of the publisher or printer, or the foreman or principal clerk, stating that the summons was published and specifying the date of each insertion, and by an affidavit of mailing of an authenticated copy of the summons, with the complaint or notice of the object of the action, as the case may require, made by the person who mailed the same.

    801.10(4)(c)
    (c) The written admission of the defendant, whose signature or the subscription of whose name to such admission shall be presumptive evidence of genuineness.

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    History: Sup. Ct. Order, 67 Wis. 2d 585, 600 (1975); 1975 c. 218; Sup. Ct. Order, 92 Wis. 2d xiii (1979).

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    Judicial Council Committee's Note, 1979: Sub. (2) is amended to clarify that the individual who serves the summons on behalf of the plaintiff under the procedures in the Wisconsin Rules of Civil Procedure must indicate on the copy of the summons served both the time and date of service. There is presently a lack of uniformity of interpretation in Wisconsin of the term "time" in 801.10 (2). Some jurisdictions interpret it to include time and date of service while other jurisdictions interpret it as only the date of service. Clarifying that both the time and date of service must be indicated in the serving of the summons will insure that this potentially valuable information is noted on the served copy of every summons in Wisconsin.

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    Sub. (4) (a) is amended to also apply the requirement for indicating time and date of service to the affidavits and certificates of service used when proof of service is challenged. [Re Order effective Jan. 1, 1980]

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    A party is required to show strict compliance with the requirements of this section when service is challenged. Dietrich v. Elliot, 190 Wis. 2d 816, 528 N.W.2d 17 (Ct. App. 1995).

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    Service by a nonresident constitutes a fundamental defect compelling dismissal for lack of jurisdiction. Bendimez v. Neidermire, 222 Wis. 2d 356, 588 N.W.2d 55 (Ct. App. 1998).

    801.10 - ANNOT.
    Sub. (4) does not require the affiant to have first hand knowledge of how the documents were authenticated, nor does it require that the affiant's statements must be unqualified; it requires that the affiant affirm that an authenticated copy of the summons was served. State v. Boyd, 2000 WI App 208, 238 Wis. 2d 693, 618 N.W.2d 251.

    806.02(3)
    (3) If a defendant fails to appear in an action within the time fixed in s. 801.09 the court shall, before entering a judgment against such defendant, require proof of service of the summons in the manner required by s. 801.10 and, in addition, shall require further proof as follows:

    879.07(2)
    (2) Personal service. Proof of personal service shall be made under s. 801.10 or by the written admission of service by the person served if competent and an adult, and the subscription of the person's name to the admission is presumptive evidence of its genuineness.


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    Thank you Cynthia. You've been a big help.

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    Many thanks to Darin Biddle for the direct link.

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    Do need a process serving number in WI. Or can you use your P.I. Number on a affidavt of service ?

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    Cynthia
    Many thanks for the information.

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    What exactly is required to prove proper service in Wisconsin.

    What is needed in case the person being served disputes that they were not served properly?

    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Anderson
    What exactly is required to prove proper service in Wisconsin.

    What is needed in case the person being served disputes that they were not served properly?

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    Hey Dan. Welcome. When you have some time, please go to the "Forum Member's Introduction Lounge" and author a thread introducing yourself.

    As for your question, the person served and the person who's serving are both required to sign an affidavit of service.

    thanks for your question.
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    The person being served is required to sign the affidavit?

    Are you sure about this?


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    Hey Dan. I need to eat some major humble pie.

    I reviewed the statutes. Apparently the person served may not be required to sign.

    There is a guy you can ask. This guy is a lawyer in Wisconsin, and he will know the deal. John Pierre Quesnel is one of our members, and I'm sure he knows the best about this.

    Sorry about the blunder, Dan. We'll get you the correct answer for you.

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    Some people would be very reluctant to sign whatever on a service. This is why it is not mandatory to have a signature of the person served. It would make the process impossible in certain circumstances... I know one specific case here in WI where the person simply didn't want to receive the documents served, even refused ( for weeks) to "touch" or read the papers after being served (like this was an evil object), actually a friend of that person had to come to the door at the moment of service to receive the documents (disciplinary from a medical board...) Rare case of a person suffering from severe depression... who didn't want to face a painful reality (minor things though...from an objective point of view) However the person was "legally served"... despite the circumstances !
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    Hi,

    According to the statute:

    4) Proof if service challenged. If the defendant appears in the action and challenges the service of summons upon the defendant, proof of service shall be as follows:

    (a) Personal or substituted personal service shall be proved by the affidavit of the server indicating the time and date, place and manner of service, that the server is an adult resident of the state of service not a party to the action, that the server knew the person served to be the defendant named in the summons and that the server delivered to and left with the defendant an authenticated copy of the summons. If the defendant is not personally served, the server shall state in the affidavit when, where and with whom the copy was left, and shall state such facts as show reasonable diligence in attempting to effect personal service on the defendant.


    So, it is my understanding that if proof of service is challenged, all that is needed to prove service is an affidavit of service from the process server?

    Thanks!

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    Hmmm, did I stump the attorney? lol


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    Re: Process Server Laws: Wisconsin

    I didn't see anything regarding the technique of slipping the document in the door if they try to close the door in your face. I know this is considered a valid serve in some states but I did not see anything for this in regards to the state of WI...Maybe I overlooked this in the info Cynthia shared???

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    Re: Process Server Laws: Wisconsin

    What if a Attorney from Wisconsin, hires a process server in Texas to serve in another state with no signature requested ? Is that legal ?

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