If you are having trouble getting papers served in your case, you might be starting to wonder if you have any alternative means of moving forward with a court hearing. There are some alternatives to service when it is deemed impossible or reasonably too difficult to require. But before these alternatives can be explored, there has to be a reasonable attempt to serve the papers according to law.
But what is a reasonable attempt? How many attempts must be made before giving up? Here’s what you need to know.
How many attempts to serve papers are required?
There is no set rule or law that governs how many attempts equals a reasonable effort at service of process. However, the average number of attempts needed for success is three, so you will likely need at least that many complete attempts before going to the judge with a request for alternative service. The judge could still require additional attempts. Continue reading
If you have recently filed a civil lawsuit, you have likely run into the problem of needing to get legal papers served to the other parties to the case. You can hire a private process server to handle this task for you, but you must use a registered and trustworthy process server if you want your case to be successful. Here’s why you need the most trustworthy person delivering your legal papers.
Accurate Service of Process
If your papers aren’t served appropriately, it could delay or derail your case. Your process server should be experienced and well-trained so that they can serve papers accurately. An untrustworthy process server might try to cut corners, putting your case in jeopardy. Continue reading
Did you know that serving papers to a business is much different than serving an individual? In fact, there are very strict rules about serving businesses that must be followed. How a business needs to be served and who should be served depends on the type and size of the business.
Sole Proprietorships and Partnerships
Sole proprietorships, partnerships, or individuals operating as freelancers are going to be responsible for accepting and taking action on legal papers. In these situations, you can serve the business at their place of residence or their place of business. Especially with the pandemic, people are often working from home and may not even have a physical location at the present. Continue reading
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