The pandemic has made many aspects of life more difficult for just about everyone, but there are a few ways that everyone staying at home can be a great advantage. One of those areas is service of process.
Serving an individual is usually the easiest type of process service, but sometimes individuals can be hard to find. Even if you have a good address and place of employment, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a hard time being in the right place at the right time to serve the papers. Sometimes a process server must learn the individual’s schedule in order to know where to be to serve the papers most efficiently. Continue reading
If you have recently filed a civil case with the Orlando area courts, you have already learned that you have to have the other parties served. But what if you think the papers have been served, and the other party claims they were never received? This is where proof of service comes into play.
Is proof of service always required?
Yes! But what that proof of service is comprised of varies depending on the type of case and the type of legal papers. At the minimum, the process server must sign an affidavit of service on their copy of the papers and file it with the courts. Continue reading
Did you know that people don’t necessarily have to be served at home? In fact, there are many different places and times that people can be served legally, as long as there is a private process server willing to go to that location at that specified time.
There are actually few places that people can’t be served. A person can be served virtually anywhere, as long as there are no “no trespassing” signs posted. If you have lost track of someone who needs to be served but you know exactly where they will be at a certain day and time, they can be served at that time and place. Continue reading
Your private process server will take your job very seriously. They are trained and skilled in all aspects of serving legal papers. However, even with all of their resources, private process servers work better and faster if you collaborate with them as a partner rather than a service. There are several ways that you can help your process server handle your case.
The legal papers to be served contain the party’s name and last known address. If the individual cannot be served at that address and you have a new address for them, give that information to the process server. This will save them time in trying to hunt the person down. You should also make sure that your process server has the last known place of employment, as well as any other information that might help them find the person to be served. Continue reading
Private process servers have a tough job. Not only are they often the bearer of bad news, they first have to find the person to deliver the bad news to. There are many reasons you might not have the accurate contact information for someone who you need to have served. They may have moved, changed jobs, or changed their name. Sometimes people intentionally try to disappear from public record to avoid being served.
Process servers have a lot of tools at their disposal to track down their target and serve papers as required. This is sometimes referred to as skip tracing. Process servers primarily use public records to track down people to be served, although they have other newer methods as well. Continue reading