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
When you are suing a company or corporation, there are certain things that you have to keep in mind. One of the problems you may run into is figuring out who to serve the papers to. It is important that you discover who is responsible for receiving court papers within the company. A private process server can also help you determine this.
Who Usually Needs Served
As a general rule, lawsuits against companies will be served to the individual most responsible for the company. If it is a sole proprietorship, you would serve the owner. If it is a partnership, you must serve one of the partners. For all other companies, you must serve either an office of the company or their agent.
You can learn who is responsible for receiving court papers by contacting the company and asking who the process service agent or officers are. If the company refuses to provide this information, you can also get it from local authorities such as the Chamber of Commerce or your local licensing offices. These places will have the company’s organization paperwork, complete with contact for process service. Continue reading
For many cases, proper service must be executed before the case can continue. If someone is served and does not show up to court, they are usually found in default. One of the ways that a defendant or respondent can throw a wrench in the gears is by claiming that service was not handled appropriately. They may even claim that service never happened at all. When this happens, it is important that you have used a process server who can back you up in court.
Good process servers know all of the regulations about how, when, and where papers of different types can be served. These experienced process servers will make sure that they get identification when required, signatures when required, and verify identity. They also make sure that they carefully document the service and that these steps were completed.
A good process server will also have excellent documentation. They will be able to refer to their records and immediately provide the details of the service. When problems arise and you need to prove that service occurred, having a process server willing and able to provide this documentation at a moment’s notice is important. You may also need the process server to appear in court with you and testify that the defendant was served. The best process servers are willing to do this.
If you have papers that need to be served in Florida, it is important that you have a server that processes papers appropriately, documents everything, and has your back if service is contested. Our process servers are well trained to make sure that they follow all rules and regulations for proper service, and are willing to back you up in your case. Contact us today for more information.
Choosing a process server is an important decision. In order for your court case to move forward, you need to have accurate and swift delivery of your court papers to the other party in the case. To ensure there are no delays with your case, ask any process server you are considering these questions to make sure they are right for the job.
What Hours Do You Work?
The hours that a process server works could be important. If the other party to your case can only be caught at home or work at specific times, it is important that the process server can meet these demands. A good process server or company has the availability to serve papers at any time of the day or evening, depending on your particular needs. Some process servers only work during business hours, which can make delivery of papers difficult in some cases.
How Do You Find Individuals?
A good process server has many tools at their disposal to find individuals who need to be served. If you know the party’s address or place of employment it can really help to get your papers served quickly. But if you are not sure of where the individual can be found, the tools that the process server uses to find them could become important. They may use online tools, run a skip trace, or troll social media to find them. Continue reading
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. Continue reading