With many different types of cases, it is necessary for the other party of the case to be served with papers. Often, the case cannot move forward unless service is made to the individual. Yet at times, it may be impossible to effect service of process. It can be possible to move your case forward without service of process, but due diligence must be proven. It is important that your private process server is aware of due diligence requirements and follows through to back you up if you need to go to court without service.
What is Due Diligence?
Due diligence in process service refers to doing everything possible to serve the papers. The process server must show that they attempted to find and serve the individual. They must have detailed records outlining their efforts to find the individual and serve the papers. The process server must use all of their available avenues to serve the papers before giving up.
There are a number of situations in which papers cannot be served. The individual may have moved and be difficult to find, or they may have changed jobs. Sometimes, individuals know that there is a case pending and will do everything they can to avoid service. While the best process servers have high success rates, it is not always possible to serve papers effectively. Continue reading
Process servers have to make use of all the tools at their disposal to find people who need to be served. Quite frequently, it can be difficult to find someone to serve them with court papers. People move, change jobs, or intentionally try to disappear. One of the most recent tools for process servers to use is social media. Social media can assist in getting people served quickly and accurately in many ways.
Learning City of Residence
Social media makes it easy to discover what city someone is living in. If the individual updates their profile after moving, you can usually see the city of residence even if they have their privacy settings so that you can’t see everything on their page without following them. Even if they do not update their city on their profile, if their profile is public you can see where they are when they post the most frequently, giving you a starting point. Continue reading
When you need to have papers served to someone, you want to make sure that they are going to be served properly. Failure to serve papers, or delivering them incorrectly, can greatly hinder your court case. Before hiring a process server in Port St. Lucie, ask these questions to make sure you’re hiring the right person for the job.
What is Your Success Rate?
No process server can 100 percent guarantee that they will be able to serve papers successfully. There are no guarantees when it comes to serving process. The higher the success rate of the process server, the more likely it will be that they will be able to handle your case appropriately. Don’t expect a 100 percent success rate, but it should be fairly high regardless.
Do You Take Special Requests?
Do you know for sure when your defendant will be at home or work? Sometimes the quickest way to get papers served is to have a process server willing to work with the schedule you are aware of, so they can catch the defendant at home or their place of employment. Not all process servers operate outside of business hours, so make sure your Florida process server is willing to do so to accommodate specific time or date requests.
How Many Times Will You Attempt Service?
A good process server will make several attempts to serve the papers. If they are unsuccessful, they will do some research to try to find where the defendant has moved to, where they work, or other locations that they might be able to serve process. Successful process servers will make many attempts and do quite a bit of research before giving up.
If you have papers you need served, contact a professional and experienced process server in Port St. Lucie today for more information about our services.
Process servers are best known for delivering legal documents to the homes of strangers and declaring the infamous words, “You’ve been served.” While this service of process is the most prominent responsibility among process servers, they also maintain other essential legal responsibilities.
If there’s one thing the court system generates on a daily basis, it’s documents. Every motion, filing, briefing, verdict, or claim within a jurisdiction leads to a document being filed at the county clerk’s office. The sheer volume of documents generated by court proceedings on every level is enough to boggle the mind, especially if you only have a few minutes to try and search for the specific document that you need. This is why process servers also specialize in finding legal documents quickly and efficiently, in turn saving lawyers and other legal professionals valuable time and effort. Continue reading
There are certain jobs that are well known for their tendency to place employees into harm’s way. Police officers, firefighters, and members of the military all put their lives on the line each day to serve their fellow citizens. One profession that rarely receives enough attention for its dangerous qualities is that of a process server.
Process servers are responsible for serving official court documents to people involved in some type of legal matter. Documents range from divorce papers to subpoenas to testify in court. Since the papers that process servers deliver tend to hold bad or stressful news, few recipients accept their documents willingly and joyfully. Unfortunately, the truth is that many process servers have experienced threats, violence, and physical injury during the process of serving papers. Continue reading