Even though all private process servers have to register with the courts, being certified doesn’t mean that they have the same talent and qualifications as all other process servers. The difference between service companies is more than just price. Here are some things you should ask your process server before hiring to make sure you are using a service that will be beneficial.
How many years of experience does the process server/company have?
If a particular process server will be assigned to your case, ask how many years of experience they have. Be aware that just because someone is new to the company doesn’t mean they aren’t completely capable. Asking how many years the company has been in operation is also a good way to gauge the level of success of the person handling your papers. Continue reading
Are you representing yourself in a lawsuit, divorce, or other civil matter? If so, there is much more effort needed than simply showing up to court and stating your case. There are many steps that may be required depending on the type of case that you have. If you want to make sure that your case is strong and follows court rules, you’ll need to enlist the aid of a few professionals. One of those professionals is a private process server.
What Process Service Is and Why It’s Necessary
Process service is the act of hand-delivering legal documents to involved named parties in an official capacity. The state of Florida requires that this is done by a sheriff, their deputy, or a certified process server. This is to ensure that an unbiased third party is handling the delivery, ensuring that it is accurate and can be backed up by evidence. Continue reading
So you have a civil matter in the courts and need to notify the parties of the case and court date. This is usually the point of service of process. Courts require proof that parties have been served legal papers so that they have a fair chance to defend themselves, as is required by the U.S. Constitution. While you could use the sheriff’s department to serve your papers, you’ll likely have better luck with a process server. Still, finding a reputable process server is important. Here’s what to look for.
Almost every company in the world, big or small, has an online presence in some way. Even if they don’t have a website, you can find a lot of information about most companies. The company doesn’t have to develop a Facebook, Google My Business, or Yelp profile to receive reviews and ratings. Facebook, Google, and Yelp pull in information about companies from public sources, then allow the company to claim the page and provide accurate information. Continue reading
When you have legal papers to be served for your court case, you want the process to go as smoothly and quickly as possible. However, there are some instances in which service of process might be delayed. Here are some of the common problems that process servers face when serving papers.
Process servers are not law enforcement; and because of this, they have to follow all of the same laws that civilians have to follow. This includes not going on property that is marked no trespassing. If a process server trespasses to try to serve papers, they are outside the law, and the property owner could take fairly drastic measures. This is really not safe for the process server, and they won’t go on property marked with trespassing signs. Continue reading
A private process server is a registered agent of the courts, and they are responsible for a major part of the court system. Because they play such a key role, the way that process servers operate is highly regulated. There are many guidelines that the process server must follow to stay within the law and to accurately serve papers. Here are a few of those rules.
Identifying the Individual
The rules regarding identification of the individual to be served vary depending on the type of legal documents you are having delivered. In some cases, visual confirmation of identity is all that is required. In other cases the process server must see identification before leaving the papers. Good process servers know the laws and rules for serving papers for all types of cases. Continue reading