One reason that many people choose to use the sheriff’s department instead of a private process server is that a sheriff or their deputy is a trustworthy individual. They know that these law enforcement officers are legit and that they will handle the service with professionalism. Do you have the same guarantee with a private process server? As a general rule, yes.
Some States Limit Approval of Servers
More and more states are limiting the approval of private process servers. In most states, including Florida, private process servers must be registered and approved by the courts before they are able to legally begin serving papers. Registration generally has to be updated on an annual basis. This helps the courts ensure that only trustworthy individuals are part of the process. But is the process effective? Continue reading
Private process servers have many tools at their disposal to ensure accurate and timely delivery of papers. You may be surprised at the number of ways that process servers use technology to assist them, as well as in proving service was completed. Here are some of the top ways that process servers use technology.
A skip trace is a software or service that allows you to locate individuals utilizing their last known activity, address, and place of employment. Some process servers have their own software and tools for this process, while others hire out the service. Either way, a private process server that uses skip trace technology is more likely to be able to get your papers delivered promptly. Continue reading
Finding a good process server may seem like quite the chore. You don’t want to pick a process server off of a list given to you by the court without any information about the service. While Florida requires private process servers to be registered with the courts, there is no guarantee that the process server you pick off the list is going to provide the best price, quality service, and good customer service. Can you get all three from one process server? Absolutely.
Private process servers are often competitive in the industry, because they are not only competing with each other. They are also competing with the sheriff’s department, which handles many process service jobs for the courts. Some private process servers charge extremely low prices to draw people in, but do not provide the quality and service that other process servers might offer. It is important to choose a process server that is competitively priced, but the cheapest may not be the best option. Continue reading
Choosing a process server is an important decision. If you do not choose the right process server, it could delay your court case, whatever that might be. There are some traits that every good process server should have. Check for these things when you investigate process servers before making your final choice.
Your process server should have a lot of determination and a drive for success. If they are not determined to serve your papers, they may give up at the first obstacle. Process servers often have to make several attempts before papers can be successfully served. They may even have to track down the individual’s new residence or place of employment. Choose a process server willing to go the extra mile to successfully get your papers delivered. Continue reading
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