What if the Diligent Search is Unsuccessful?
Many times, the Diligent Search is unsuccessful. A person who has been out of contact or is purposely hiding for an extended period of time often cannot be physically located. In such a case, in order to continue with legal proceedings, special arrangements must be made.
Affidavit of Diligent Search – This document must be produced by the private investigator or private process server hired to undertake the Diligent Search, regardless of success or failure in locating the individual, and submitted to the concerned attorneys.
Constructive Service of Process – In the case where the Diligent Search was unsuccessful, the defendant will be represented by the attorney, also known as “serving by publication,” pursuant to Chapter 49 of Florida Statutes. This is most often done by the same attorney posting, in a local legal publication, that the defendant is hereby served.
Bear in mind that the Constructive Service of Process can only be completed once the Affidavit of Diligent Search has been handed in to the attorney. If you are in need of such legal proceedings in the state of Florida or any other state, begin by contacting a private investigator, private process server, or attorney or legal firm that offer similar services.