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
Do you have a civil court case in progress but can’t find the defendant? This actually happens quite frequently. When it does, you need to know that you have a process server available that has the tools and knowledge to find difficult to locate people and get them served in a timely and accurate manner. To do this, process servers use something called skip tracing. Here’s what it is and when it is necessary.
What Is Skip Tracing?
Skip tracing is the act of locating an individual who is missing or otherwise avoiding detection. There are a lot of tools that process servers use in skip tracing. They frequently peruse public records such as marriage licenses, property deeds, vehicle registrations, and public arrest records to locate the city or area that the individual is living in. Continue reading
If you have a lawsuit against a financial institution in Florida, there are certain rules that have to be followed. These regulations were recently passed in 2017 and are in full effect today. It is important that you hire a private process server familiar with the regulations and rules surrounding serving banks and other financial institutions.
Banks and financial institutions that do not want to be served at a branch location must designate a registered agent who will be responsible for accepting papers that need to be served to the bank. The registered agent or registered company that will be accepting service must be available during regular business hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If the bank has a registered agent and the papers are served at a branch, service will be considered invalid. Continue reading
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