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
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.