Whether you are an individual representing yourself or an attorney representing many clients, there are a lot of reasons to use a private process server over the sheriff. The two methods of service are about equal in cost, but they are far from equal in results. Here are just three of the many reasons to use a private process server.
A private process server is going to be able to serve your papers in a much more timely manner than the sheriff. The sheriff’s department has a lot of responsibilities, and serving papers is not high on their list of priorities. While they will try to get papers served within what they consider a reasonable amount of time, the sheriff and their deputies are not going to be as timely as a private process server who is dedicated to the purpose. Continue reading
When you have a legal matter to attend to, one of the obstacles that you face is getting legal papers served so that the case can move forward. Although you are likely anxious to get this case moving through the courts to a conclusion, you want to be careful about who you choose to serve your legal papers. Here are some things to keep in mind about the process server before hiring them.
Licensed and Registered
A private process server in Florida must be licensed and registered with the courts. They must remain eligible to be a process server once registered, such as not having any legal cases against them. It is important that you choose a process server that is registered with the courts. If anyone else delivers your legal documents it could be invalid service, and your case could get dismissed or delayed. Continue reading
If you are a landlord who only has one or a few properties, you may not be familiar with the process of eviction in Florida. Evictions in Florida must follow a certain process, starting with notice given to the tenants. Here are three things you should know about serving eviction papers in Florida.
Initial Notice Isn’t Filed
The initial eviction notice that you give to a tenant doesn’t have to be filed with the courts or served by a private process server. The initial eviction notice will be for three days or seven days. The three-day notice is for nonpayment of rent, and the seven-day notice is for other violations of the lease. Both of these notices can be hand delivered to the tenant or posted on their door. Continue reading
Are you looking for an attorney to help you with a legal matter? There are a lot of things to consider when choosing an attorney, but one of the things that people do not think about is process service. Process service is an important part of your case, and it is vital that your attorney uses a reputable private process server. Here are some things you should talk to your attorney about before making a decision to work with them.
Who Will Serve Papers?
You should ask any attorney you are considering hiring who they use for process service and who will serve the papers. If they are using a local private process service company that hires multiple servers, you should make sure that all of their process servers are registered with the courts and knowledgeable in proper and quality process service. If your attorney relies on the sheriff’s department to serve their papers, it could cause delays in your case. Continue reading