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Proper Service of Process Over a Foreign Insurance Company in Missouri Through the Department of Insurance

Valid service of process is a prerequisite to personal jurisdiction, and failure to comply with legal requirements of process deprives the court of authority to adjudicate.  When a court enters a judgment when no valid personal jurisdiction has been obtained over the defendant, the judgment is void.

Service of process must conform to the manner and form established by law to invoke the court’s jurisdiction.  Rule 54.20 sets forth the proof that a plaintiff must show the court to establish that the proper method of service has been followed.  In the absence of proof of service, which is mandated by Rule 54.20, the court lacks the proof necessary to determine if the court has jurisdiction of the defendant.  In the absence of such proof, the court does not have jurisdiction over the defendant.  Id. Read more