Gated communities like the upscale neighborhoods found in Florida have become very popular around the country. These gated communities are usually high-end places to live with expensive Homeowners’ Association fees that contribute to creating a private and protected environment for all residents.
Gated communities often present challenges for process servers who need to serve papers directly to a specific individual. The gates are typically manned by guards who require proof of residency or permission from a current homeowner in order to enter, making process serving difficult. Continue reading
Are you worried that you won’t be able to get papers served during the pandemic? While COVID-19 has certainly put a wrench in a lot of civil cases, we are still here operating and providing you with document process services.
But, we also understand the need to keep people safe. So, even though we will still be serving papers, things might look a bit different. Here’s what you need to know.
Masks are recommended by all health organizations
If you will be within 6 feet of someone, you should be wearing a mask at all times. We understand that you might not think about putting on a mask before opening your door, but we will wear a mask to protect you while we are unable to social distance.
Papers might be left in the door or window
Most of the time it is illegal to serve papers by leaving them in the door or window. Although that is still true, a twist on this rule is being employed due to the pandemic. Some people really don’t want to open their doors to strangers because they are worried about contracting the virus. In these cases, the process server can make a physical identification and leave the papers in a prominent place, but only if they see the individual in person and can, without a doubt, identify them as the intended party.
Some cases may still be delayed
The pandemic continues to pose new challenges to service of process, just as it does every other industry and service. Some cases may still be delayed, even if our servers do all they can. Some types of cases will allow alternative methods of service, and others are being more lenient in that regard than in the past.
If you are needing to show that you did your due diligence in notifying the other parties in your case, contact us today for assistance.
Did you know that some courts around the country have already allowed service of process by social media? Alternative means of service has long been accepted as a necessity, especially when an individual is clearly intentionally avoiding service. But the methods of alternative service haven’t changed in decades, and they are no longer valid in today’s society. To keep up with the times, courts are going to have to start using digital means to serve papers.
Why service is important
Process service isn’t just a hoop you have to jump through to get your case in front of the judge. Serving legal papers is an important part of the judicial process. Without notifying the other party of the case, you are denying them due process. Due process is the legal term given to the fact that all citizens have the right to defend themselves in court, whether the case be criminal or civil. Continue reading