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 But the methods of alternative service haven’t changed in decades, and they are no longer valid in today’s society.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
You may have heard often enough that companies or corporations could be considered individuals for the purpose of many types of law, but that doesn’t mean that the same rules apply in serving legal papers. In fact, there are a lot of things you need to know before filing a civil matter against a business.
What is the structure of the business? Who is legally responsible for it?
What type of business are you filing against? It can make a big difference in how service of process needs to be handled. Rules for serving a sole proprietor or self-employed freelancer can be different than the rules for serving a corporation. Make sure you know how the business is structured, their licensure status, and the owners or officers. Continue reading
Does your private process server have an on-staff notary? If not, you may not be getting the level of customer service that you deserve. To get your case moving forward, you have to have those legal papers served to the parties, and you have to have an affidavit of service filed with the courts. This requires a notary. Legal offices may also benefit from our notary services. Here are some of the advantages to having a notary on our staff.
Faster affidavit of service
You can get much faster completion of service of process when your process server has an on-staff notary. When legal documents are served by anyone other than the sheriff or their deputies, a notarized affidavit of service is required to be filed with the courts. If your process server doesn’t have a notary on staff, there could be delays in getting the affidavit filed with the courts. Continue reading
Did you know that not everyone can serve papers in Ocala? The state of Florida has specific requirements that process servers have to meet before they are allowed to serve legal papers. Understanding these rules is important so that you can make sure you are hiring a process server that will meet your needs.
Private process servers must be at least 18 years old and have no legal, mental, or physical disability that will keep them from performing the duties of their job, with or without accommodation. A legal disability could be an ongoing criminal case, criminal charges on your police record, or protection orders, among others. Continue reading