Is a party to your case under active quarantine due to a positive test or exposure to COVID-19? If so, you may be concerned about your ability to have them served legal papers until their quarantine is over. Honestly, there is enough flexibility in the code for process service in Florida that people can still be served even if they cannot have any contact with others.
Here are some ideas that process servers can use to serve someone under quarantine without jeopardizing their health.
Wearing a mask and using disposable gloves can help reduce your risk of contracting the virus. Process servers would use appropriate PPE if they feel they may be within six feet of the occupant. Continue reading
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