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A Day in the Life of a Process Server

Serving papers to the masses may seem like a straightforward business. It seems that the process server goes to the individual’s home or place of employment, verifies identity, hands over the papers, and that’s that. But there is really a lot more to what a process server deals with every day.

No Set Hours

A typical process server probably has a goal for set hours that they will work, but that doesn’t mean they always get to stick to that schedule. It may be necessary to head out as early as 5 o’clock in the morning to catch the person they need to serve. On the other hand, they may need to wait until as late as 8 o’clock in the evening to know that the person will be home to be served.

Never Know What to Expect

Process servers never know what to expect from day to day. They might have a day when everyone is home or at work and they are able to serve their papers easily and without trouble. But that is rarely going to be the case. Each day is completely different from the last.

People don’t want to be served with papers, no matter what kind of papers are being served. They will do everything they can to avoid it. Process servers sometimes have to be extremely persistent. They may knock on a door with all the lights on and cars in the driveway to get no answer, or for the person to refuse to open the door.

They could also run into people who have a tendency toward violence, people who are not mentally stable, or homes where children answer the door instead of adults. There are any number of situations that a process server may walk into on any given stop.

Knowing Who to Believe and Gathering Information

Process servers are often lied to. Remember, people who are being served don’t want to see the process server. If they can avoid the service, they can avoid the consequences of whatever action is being taken against them. And to that end, people lie, and get others to lie for them.

The process server may go to a home and have the person they are looking for answer the door, but they lie about who they are to avoid taking the papers. They may be put off by a spouse or roommate who is trying to protect the person being served. Sometimes, a child may answer the door, and simply be relaying messages as they are told.

It is important that when you have papers to be served, you have a private process server who is well-versed in dealing with all of these daily scenarios in Ocala. The best process servers can deliver process even in the worst of circumstances. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you in the Ocala area.

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