Most defendants and witnesses are easy enough to locate, but occasionally, a process server will be assigned a target that is harder to find than a needle in a haystack. So what do process servers do when all their traditional tactics to locate people don’t work? Enter the skip trace.
What is a Skip Trace?
A skip trace is a method of locating a person who is difficult to find. The skip trace process uses various methods, such as public records searches, skip tracing software, social media tracking, and more to locate the person. The goal of a skip trace is to collect as much information about the individual as possible in order to track them down. Continue reading
When you need to have legal documents, or process, served on someone, you want the service to go as smoothly as possible. There are a lot of variables that can affect how the service goes and determine how many attempts the process server will make.
In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the factors that determine how many service attempts must be made:
How far out is the court date?
From the moment a process server receives an assignment, the clock is ticking. The process must be served at least two weeks before the scheduled court date to be valid. If there’s limited time, then the server won’t be able to make as many service attempts before seeking an alternative. Continue reading
No one enjoys a visit from a process server, but some people dislike it so much that they go to great efforts to avoid them. No matter what, avoiding a process server is a lost cause, but that doesn’t stop people from trying. Evasive targets just make the process server’s job longer and more costly, but eventually, everyone gets “served” one way or another.
Are you a process server with a hard-to-find target? Here are our top tips and tricks to locate even the most elusive individuals:
Investigate Their Background
Look in every nook and cranny of the internet, court records, and public records to find out as much as possible about the target’s background. You might even want to speak with some of your network contacts in-person to see if the target is known in the industry. Some great information to collect includes: Continue reading
If someone has filed a civil complaint against you or your business, you might be tempted to try avoiding the process server to delay the case from going to court. That would be a big mistake. Avoiding the process server can land you in big trouble and cost you a ton of time and money. Before you think about ducking the process server, consider these consequences first:
The case filed against you will still proceed
Avoiding the process server might delay things, but it’s not going to stop the case from eventually moving forward. After several attempts to serve you, the process server can request an alternative service by substitution or publication. Once the requirements of alternative service are met, you are considered served and the case will go to court as scheduled. Continue reading
If you’re a landlord or property manager, you’ve likely had to deal with evicting a tenant. No matter the reason for the eviction, it can be a difficult and frustrating process. There are many steps that you must follow before even being allowed to file the eviction lawsuit. If you do not complete any of the steps correctly, your entire case could be compromised and you may be forced to begin everything again.
Filing an Eviction Lawsuit in Duval County
To file an eviction lawsuit in Jacksonville, you must: Continue reading
There’s a lot of confusion out there about who process servers really are, what they do, and what authority do they actually possess. In this post, we will highlight the five top questions that we receive about process servers.
What is a process server?
A process server is an individual who is approved by a local governing court or body to deliver court case paperwork to the involved parties. Process servers can be from private agencies or from the local police department. Continue reading
In order for a court case to proceed in Florida, all persons involved in the case must be properly notified as required by both federal and state laws. These involved persons may be:
- Subject matter experts asked to testify
Depending on the nature of the case, other parties may also be designated as process recipients. Continue reading