When you file a civil case with the courts, they will notify you that you must have papers served to the other party or parties to the case. The clerks will push having the sheriff or sheriff’s department serve the papers. This is done to help generate revenue for the county. However, it is much better to have a private process server deliver your legal documents. Here’s why.
A private process server is going to get your papers served much faster than the sheriff. The sheriff’s department has many responsibilities to the safety and wellbeing of everyone in the county. They have limited time and resources for additional tasks, and process service usually falls low on the list of priorities. That means that a sheriff could take weeks to serve your papers. Continue reading
If you have any type of civil case filed with the courts, chances are you will have to serve someone with legal papers for your case to move forward. Serving people with legal papers is much more complex than simply hand delivering court documents. It requires certification, registration, and following strict rules and guidelines.
In the state of Florida, only sheriffs and their deputies or private process servers registered with the courts are able to serve legal papers. You cannot do it yourself or appoint someone you know to deliver the papers. The private process server or sheriff will need to file an affidavit of proof of service for your case to move forward, so there is no getting around using one of these two options. Continue reading
When you have a civil court case, you will have to have the other parties to the case served with legal papers. This is done to ensure that they are aware of the case and can formulate a defense, as well as appear in court. Private process servers are by far the best choice for getting your legal documents served. Here’s what to look for when hiring a process server.
Experience and Knowledge
You will want to make sure that the process server you choose has adequate experience and training. There are laws and guidelines for the serving process in Florida. It is important that your process server is very familiar with these guidelines. They also change from time to time, so your process server should be keeping up with the latest best practices. Continue reading
Social media has become entrenched in every part of our lives. It is not surprising that social media is now playing a role in the legal system. Private process servers use social media in a number of ways in the course of serving papers. Social media is also being used in new ways by the courts when it comes to service of process.
Social Media Investigations
Private process servers have to use a variety of tools to track down the people who need to be served. It is not unusual for someone who doesn’t want to be served to make themselves completely unavailable for service. While private process servers have tools such as skip tracing and private detectives to help them find people who are skipping out on a legal case, social media is sometimes an easier and less costly tool. Continue reading
When someone knows that they are going to be sued or taken to court for a legal matter, they often have a habit of disappearing so that the case cannot move forward against them. In some cases, defendants may have simply moved or changed jobs so that they are not easily found. In either case, one way that private process servers can track down these individuals to be served is with social media investigations.
You never know what you might be able to find with a simple Google search. Although only a few social media platforms get all of the attention, there are actually over a hundred of them out there on the internet. You can also search within social media platforms for an account in the name you are looking for. When looking up social media accounts, remember to also search for abbreviations or nicknames. Continue reading