With the Internet and social media craze, process servers are finding new ways to track down and serve defendants. Not only are process servers making use of the Internet to locate people to serve in person, but new rulings in a court in New York are even making it possible to use the Internet to serve someone digitally.
Using Facebook to Locate Defendants
Facebook is a powerful tool for finding defendants, depending on the individual’s privacy settings. In most cases, you can find an individual’s Facebook page with a basic search. Generally, that person’s location will also be visible, letting you know what city you should be looking in. If the privacy settings are just right, the process server can even see where that person works.
Facebook is just one way that process servers are using the internet to facilitate service. Other social media accounts, email accounts, and places of business are becoming easier to find with a simple Google search. The most effective process servers also have access to public records and other databases and applications to track down defendants. Continue reading
On December 4, 1980, Police Chief Gregory Adams of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania was shot and killed by a man who is still on the run to this day. A full 37 years later, Chief Adams’ widow has filed a civil lawsuit against the wife and son of the suspected killer, Donald Webb, after new evidence was discovered by the FBI.
It was an average winter afternoon when Adams attempted to stop Webb for speeding past a stop sign. Rather than stopping for the flashing lights, Webb attempted to turn around in a supermarket parking lot and then flee the scene. Adams blocked the exit with his patrol car and then approached Webb’s driver’s side door to ask for his driver’s license. In a matter of seconds, Webb provided Adams with a fake ID and shot him twice in the chest. Adams returned fire, but his shots were not fatal. Continue reading
Arrests happen every day, but that doesn’t mean they always go smoothly. From the notorious founder of hot yoga to the principal of an Alabama high school, arrest warrants tend to cause trouble.
What Is an Arrest Warrant?
An arrest warrant is an official court document signed by a judge that gives police permission to arrest a certain person or group of people. A warrant contains information about the crime committed that led to the need for arrest, instructions relating to the nature of the arrest, and possibly the bail that must be posted by the defendant to obtain freedom after being arrested. Depending on the person being arrested, some arrest warrants become public news stories, like the story below describes. Continue reading
Receiving any type of court document can be frightening and stressful. While papers like summons and complaints indicate that you are somehow directly involved in a court case, a subpoena is slightly different. People around the country often receive subpoenas, even if they are not the plaintiff or defendant in a case, based on the need for their testimony in court. Continue reading
Most people don’t welcome the process of a divorce, but for many couples it becomes necessary to end their marriage and move on in separate directions. Since marriage is a legal institution, divorce must also follow specific legal requirements. If you are currently beginning your divorce or suspecting it will occur in the near future, this guide will help you get started.
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As the world becomes a more complex place and lawsuits grow in popularity, process servers are finding themselves in higher demand than ever before. 2017 is proving to be an especially great time to be a process server, thanks to the many conferences, conventions, and training seminars available all over the country. Continue reading
Though service of process through Facebook has not become a daily occurrence, many judges have approved the measure for spouses who cannot locate their soon to be exes through other means. However, one Brooklyn judge recently ruled in the opposite manner in the case of Manal H. Qaza. Continue reading