When you’re facing a divorce, you are likely thinking heavily about finances. Hiring an attorney to handle everything is quite expensive, and you may be considering ways to save money along the way. However, attempting to serve the process in your divorce case yourself is a big mistake.
Against state laws
Here in Florida, only law enforcement or approved private process servers are allowed to serve process in court cases, including divorce cases. In some counties, private process servers must be approved by the local sheriff’s office. In other counties, judicial circuit judges approve private process servers. Regardless of how they are approved, private process servers must pass a minimum standard to serve process in Florida, as set forth by state legislation. Continue reading →
Process serving can be a dangerous profession, so servers should be diligent about safety practices while out in the field. If you’re a process server in the Sarasota or Bradenton area, stay safe while working by avoiding the dangers that are common to the profession.
One of the biggest dangers in process serving is having to visit unfamiliar areas, especially if the area is known for high crime. Scope out the location ahead of time using online maps to get a feel for the area. Look at not just the location where you intend to attempt service, but also surrounding buildings and businesses. This can give you a lot of insight into the vibe of the neighborhood and potential risks to watch out for. Continue reading →
Now that you’ve decided to file a lawsuit here in Florida, you may want to save a few bucks by skipping hiring a process server and doing it yourself. Well, think again! Not only is hiring an experienced, certified process server the best thing for your case, it’s also the law. Only a certified process server approved to work in the 12th Judicial Circuit can serve process in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties.
Not using a certified process server to serve process in your cases can have disastrous results. At best, your court date will need to be rescheduled and a new, qualified process server will need to be hired. At worst, the opposing party will use the improper service as grounds to request a dismissal of the entire case. Either way, your reputation, and revenue will suffer. Continue reading →
Process servers get assignments that take them all over their local areas. Servers often end up in unfamiliar areas surrounded by nothing but strangers. Add in the frustration that many process recipients express when being served, and it’s easy to see why service of process is considered a risky job. Here are our top six tips for staying safe while working as a process server:
Research the target
When serving process, you need to know more than just a name and address. Be thankful that we live in the 21st century, where tons of information is available about pretty much anyone and everyone online. Use this to your advantage when researching your service targets before attempting service. By investigating the target’s criminal history, pending charges, known hangouts, known associates, and more online, you can develop a full picture of that person and plan your service attempt strategically. Continue reading →
Process servers in Florida must be careful to follow all laws and regulations related to the service of process. Making mistakes can be detrimental to the plaintiff’s case, resulting in anything from having to reschedule the court date and re-serve all parties, to have the case completely thrown out. Process servers have to know what actions are forbidden while serving process to avoid damaging their client’s case and reputation.
Florida’s 12th Judicial Circuit governs private process servers in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. The courts have set strict standards for behavior and actions for all process servers, and do not allow anyone to serve process without first being approved and certified by a judge in the circuit. The certification process includes mandatory training on all laws and rules related to the serving process in Florida and passing an exam to prove the potential server’s knowledge of the content. If a process server is discovered to be violating the rules set forth by the court, their certification may be revoked, and depending on the severity of the violation, they may be permanently banned from serving process anywhere in Florida. Continue reading →