The state of Florida leaves it up to the counties to determine whether or not private process servers can be used, their requirements, and whether or not they have to be certified. However, for most counties, including Lee County, process servers must be certified by the state.
The certification doesn’t imply any type of license. It is simply a registry of private process servers in the state who meet the minimum criteria. These criteria include: Continue reading
When you need legal papers served in Florida, you have the option of using the sheriff or hiring a private process server. The courts will likely push using the sheriff because it generates income for the county. However, the sheriff is likely not the best person to serve your legal papers. Here’s what you need to know to make a decision.
Method of Service
Both sheriffs and private process servers have to follow the same rules when serving papers. The only real difference is that the sheriff can enter property that private process servers may not be able to access. Private process servers are citizens, not law enforcement. Therefore, they can’t go on private property if trespassing signs are posted. Continue reading
If you need to track someone down to have papers served, you may have heard the term skip tracing. Skip tracing is quite simply the process of tracking people down, but the process itself is far from simple. The records combed in search of information about individuals and companies is a complex network of resources.
Skip tracing often becomes necessary when a party to a court case cannot be easily found. There could be several reasons that someone seemingly disappears. They might have moved and not signed up for mail forwarding service. Even if they moved within the same community, you might not be able to find them. People also frequently change jobs, which can make them difficult to find. Women who marry might even change their names. Continue reading
Private process servers put themselves in potential danger every day. There are a lot of people out there who don’t want to be served. Often they know that it is coming, or at least have a suspicion because they know they have done wrong. But that doesn’t make them receptive to the process server. Here is how we keep our process servers safe.
Our private process servers are encouraged to carry personal protection such as pepper spray or mace when serving papers. This will allow them to defend themselves in the event that someone threatens their life or attacks them because they don’t want to be served. Continue reading
Having a trustworthy private process server is extremely important to the success of your legal case. An unethical process server can lead to gutter serves, or the papers being trashed with service faked. This can lead to your case being delayed or even being dismissed altogether. Here are three signs that you have found a trustworthy process server to handle your legal matter.
Walks You Through the Process
A trustworthy process server will be completely transparent about the process of serving your papers to the intended recipient. They will answer all of your questions and explain how they are going to find the individual if you don’t know where they can be found. They will also explain to you the methods that they will use to affect service. Every question you have should be answered truthfully and without dismissal. Continue reading