Private process servers use a variety of tools and information sources to track down individuals who need to be served with legal papers. A good private process server will use all of the tools at their disposal, and that includes social media. Here are some of the ways that social media can help private process servers locate individuals to be served.
While social media doesn’t tell you exactly where someone lives, most profiles show at least the city and state of the individual. Although not everyone updates this information immediately when it changes, it does give the process server a place to start looking. For example, if someone lived in Daytona Beach and moved but you don’t know where, you can often learn from their profile what city they moved to. Continue reading
Many types of court or legal cases require the responding individual to be served with court papers that notify them of the case against them. Some court cases are dismissed due to being unable to locate a witness for service of summons. What happens when a private process server can’t find someone to be served? Does your case just stall out? The answer is: it depends.
Locating Missing Individuals
If someone needs to be served in your court case and they have moved, changed jobs, and/or otherwise seem to have disappeared, you will need to hire an experienced private process server to locate the missing individual. Experience private process servers are skilled in skip tracing to find missing people for service of process. They may also work with a private detective to locate the individual. Continue reading
Aside from the initial filing, notifying the other party that you have filed a case against them is the first step in your legal case. The courts require that parties be notified when there is a legal action against them, and the case cannot move forward until this service is completed. This is where private process servers come into play, but it is important that you choose the right one. Improper or invalid service can postpone or completely derail your case.
Inexperienced private process servers may not be aware of the legal requirements for service of process. These individuals might try to serve papers by posting them to the door, sliding them under the door, or leaving them in the mailbox. For most court cases, these methods are invalid service. In the state of Florida, only eviction notices may be posted to the door. Most papers need to be served by putting the papers directly in the hand of the person being served. Continue reading
Private process servers are often not given much credit. In fact, most people do not ever think about private process servers at all, unless they have their own court case or are served themselves. Even the legal professionals often do not give process servers any more thought than a clerk or administrative employee. Yet private process servers are extremely important to the legal world, and it would come to a stop without them.
Ensure Proper and Legal Service
You cannot sue someone or file a case against them without notifying them of that case. That is really what service of process is all about. It’s about giving individuals the due process that they have by constitutional right. In order for service of process to be proper and legal, delivery of the court papers or summons must be done according to several laws and regulations. Private process servers devote their time to staying up-to-date on these rules. Continue reading
Attorneys often rely on private process servers to move cases along for their clients, but the same process server that you use for a private lawsuit might not be the best choice for a foreclosure case. Foreclosures are different from any other type of case that requires service of process. It is important that the process server you use is familiar with all of the aspects and regulations of the situation.
The rules, regulations, and guidelines surrounding foreclosures is constantly changing. Changes in the code can come from any direction — local, state, or federal. It is important that your private process server is familiar with all of the laws at every level regarding how service of process must be completed in these cases. It can be troublesome to keep up with the latest laws and regulations, but the best process server will do just that. Continue reading