When you need papers served, you have two options. You can have the sheriff’s department serve the papers or you can hire a private process server. If you have the sheriff’s department serve the papers, you may have a higher risk of not getting the papers served at all or having them not served in a timely manner. Yet with a private process server, there are also some things to consider.
Check with the Courts
If you don’t know where to start finding a process server, check with the local court system. They will have a list of registered and certified private process servers that you can use to get your papers served. This list is not necessarily a list of all the best process servers. It is simply a list of the process servers that are registered. It can be a place to start. If you are already looking at process servers, check with the courts and make sure they are on the lists of registered and certified process servers. Continue reading
When you hire a private process server to serve papers in your case, you want to know that you are hiring someone who is trustworthy. Untrustworthy process servers engage in gutter serves and other practices that are illegal, against regulations, and can harm your case. Here are three signs that you are working with a trustworthy process server that will serve your papers quickly and accurately.
Any private process server who claims they have served 100 percent of papers given to them is probably not being trustworthy. There are a number of reasons that a process server might not be able to serve papers. Sometimes people just cannot be found, or they have left the state or country, making service nearly impossible. A high success rate is good, but a perfect success rate is probably being padded. Continue reading
When you hire a private process server, it is because you feel that they are the right person to get your papers served quickly and accurately. Yet there are a lot of things that you can do to help your private process server do the best and fastest job possible. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your process server.
Photograph or Physical Description
Many people do not want to be served. People will often tell a private process server that they are not the individual they are looking for, even when they have the right person. If you give the private process server a photograph or physical description of the person being served, they will know they can drop service even if the person tries to claim they are not who they are. Continue reading
As a legal professional, you have a lot on your plate. Whether you are an attorney, a paralegal, or a legal secretary, the burden of making sure that papers are served falls on you. In order to keep yourself from being overwhelmed or missing out on other tasks that need to be done, it might be better to switch from the sheriff to a private process server. Here are three signs that you should invest in a private process server.
You Don’t Know What’s Going On
Unfortunately, the sheriff’s department is often not very good about keeping in touch about serves. If you have a time-sensitive case, it can be very frustrating not to know whether service has been made or what problems have arisen in trying to serve the papers. Calling the sheriff’s department for an update can also be frustrating, and you might not get an answer for days. If not knowing what is going on with serves is affecting the outcome of your cases, you need to consider investing in a private process server who is more likely to keep you updated. Continue reading