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What Due Diligence Means in Process Service

For most court cases, the responding party to a case must be served notice of the action and given a chance to respond. Your court case cannot move forward without this happening, for the most part. But what happens when someone really cannot be found to serve them? If your process server did their due diligence, you may be able to get alternative methods of service, such as publication, granted by the courts.

What is Due Diligence?

Due diligence means that every reasonable effort was made, all laws and regulations were followed, and the problem could still not be resolved. In process service, due diligence means that they did everything that could reasonably done to serve the individual and were still unsuccessful. Some process servers give up too soon, and due diligence is not deemed present by the court. However, a good process server will not give up on service until every avenue has been pursued.

What if You Can’t Prove Due Diligence?

If your private process server was unable to serve the papers but the court says they did not do their due diligence to allow for alternative method of service, you have a few options. You could stay with the process server you originally used and require that they do more research to find the individual. A better option is to switch a process server you know you can trust that will do their due diligence before giving up.

If you are in need of a process server because you have papers to be served and do not know where to find the individual, contact us today for more information about how we can help.