Hiring a private process server is a natural part of almost any legal case. In most types of legal cases, the responding party must be served with legal papers notifying them of the action against them. Before hiring a private process server, you should ask some questions to make sure they will help and not hinder your case.
Who Delivers the Papers?
If you are hiring a private process service company, it is important to be sure of who will be actually serving the papers. The state of Florida requires that all private process servers be registered with the courts. If the company uses employees who are not registered with the courts, the service of process could be held invalid, derailing your case. Continue reading
If you are a landlord, chances are at some point you will have to serve eviction papers. It is important that you follow all of the legal requirements for serving eviction papers and getting tenants out of your property when they fail to uphold the terms of their lease. There are two different types of evictions, and they both go through a similar process. Here’s what you need to know about serving eviction papers in Florida.
Post to the Door
You can post eviction notices to the door rather than handing them directly to the individual named on the lease. This is true for both the three-day eviction notice that comes with nonpayment of rent or the seven-day eviction notice that notifies the tenant that they have violated the lease and gives them seven days to correct the problem. Continue reading
Private process servers have a job that is sometimes very difficult. Most people do not want to be the subject of court proceedings, and they will do everything they can to avoid service of process to stop the case in its tracks. When this happens, a private process server has to use all of the tools at his or her disposal. With technology advancing and social media all the rage, that includes social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
Check Social Media Accounts
You can learn a lot from someone’s social media account, depending on the social media platform and how they have set their privacy settings. For example, if they have moved, you can often learn their current city and state from their social media profiles. You may also be able to find out what their job is, where they are employed, and what time of day they work. Continue reading
There are many challenges that process servers face in the course of carrying out their duties. Private process servers have more challenges than sheriff departments for a variety of reasons, but they meet these challenges head on to give you great customer service and accurate and timely serves. Here’s what you need to know about the challenges private process servers face and how they handle them.
Finding Who Doesn’t Want to Be Found
If you have a lawsuit or divorce case that you are trying to move forward with in court, chances are the other party is well aware that a summons is coming. Whether they want to avoid going to court altogether or they just want to make things as difficult for you as possible, these individuals may do everything they can to avoid being served. When people don’t want to be found, that’s when a private process server can really shine. They will learn their schedule and habits so that they can find them and serve them when they least expect it. Continue reading
As more and more courts go digital, it has become a common practice for attorneys to share their login information with third party vendors such as private process servers and docket managers. Yet the federal courts in several states, including Arizona, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri, have recently issued notices to attorneys in those states to stop sharing their login information. Here’s why.
Protection of Privacy
Court documents are not the only information available in these court records. There is a lot of personal information and information relating to the case included in the databases. Third party vendors such as private process servers have no need for this information, and disclosing it to them is a violation of many state and federal laws. To protect your client’s privacy and the privacy of all parties, it is important that you do not share your login information. Continue reading