Q: When you file a certificate of service with the court does that mean you have already serve the papers?
A certificate of service is filed with a court to show that documents related to the case have been mailed to the opposing party (or opposing counsel).
This is different than saying that a party has been properly served the summons to initiate the case. It could be different in your state, but in general, at the initiation of a case, personal service must be effected on the defendant(s). This is different than the type of service contemplated by a Certificate of Service.
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