Are you representing yourself in a civil legal matter? If so, you are probably trying to keep your expenses to a minimum. Shopping around for the cheapest price isn’t always to your advantage. There are a lot of scammers out there claiming to be process servers charging super low fees, but the outcome can be detrimental to your case.
The most common process service scam is individuals claiming to be private process servers, when in fact they are not registered with the courts. They take your money, pretend to serve the papers, and disappear, leaving you to explain to the judge why the intended party never received the papers. Your case could be dismissed or, at the least, delayed. Continue reading
If you have any kind of legal case against an individual or business, you will need to serve them with certain legal papers throughout the process, including to start the process. You have a choice between using the sheriff or a private process server, but most people choose a private server. Here are some things to look for when choosing one.
The process server should be completely transparent in their practices. They should make sure that you understand and agree with all of their methods for the services that you are paying them for. Your process server company should also be transparent about pricing, including when additional services and fees may become necessary. Continue reading
Having legal papers served to a company is much different than serving papers to an individual. There are certain rules that process servers must follow to serve papers to a company. There are many factors, so it is best to leave the task to the process server and try not to interfere in the process. Here’s what you need to know.
When a lawsuit is filed against a company, the person responsible for representing the company should be served. This could be the company’s owner, an officer of a corporation, or simply an employee designated to be the company’s representative in such matters. This company representative is a matter of public record, and they should be easily found at the company during business hours so that they can be served. Continue reading
It does occasionally happen that a process server doesn’t have accurate information for someone that needs to be served. People move to new cities or states, change jobs, get married, or engage in any number of life events that can make their contact information obsolete. When this happens, process servers have many avenues to take to try to find the person who needs to be served.
Process servers will always start with the information they have been given. If someone can’t be found by those means, the process server can use other tools to locate them. They can search public records like arrests and ongoing court cases, marriage licenses, deeds and titles, and others. These public records are available to everyone, but they are not easy to navigate without special tools that process servers use. Continue reading
There are many challenges that process servers face in the course of duty. The process server you hire should understand these challenges and have tools and resources to overcome them. Here are some of the most common challenges that process servers face and how they cope.
One of the most common challenges that process servers face is trying to serve someone who has seemed to have disappeared. Whether the disappearing act was intentional or not, it makes for extra work for the process server. They can overcome this challenge with skip tracing and other resources for finding missing individuals. Continue reading