Serving legal papers can sometimes be difficult if you are unable to locate the person needing to be served. If the person is in the hospital, you may wonder if they can still be served. There are a few rules about this. Here’s what you need to know.
The hospital staff and the private process server have to observe the rules of HIPPA. This means that in some cases the hospital staff may not be able to tell you if the individual is there or not. It also means that you may not be able to gain access to the ward that they are on in order to serve the papers. In some of these cases, papers can be delivered to the patient by the hospital staff. In other situations, service of process will have to wait until they are out of the hospital. Continue reading
It can be frustrating to get a court case started around the holidays. Holidays always cause some delays in getting court dates scheduled. The holidays can also slow down the process of getting your legal papers served. Here’s what you need to know about process servers and the holidays.
No Legal Reason Not to Serve
There is no legal reason not to serve papers during the holidays. In fact, papers can be served almost anytime or anywhere within reason. However, that doesn’t mean that your papers will get served over the holidays. While it might seem like the perfect time because you know that they will be at home with their family, there are several reasons a private process server might not take advantage of this. Continue reading
Private process servers use a number of tools to locate people and serve papers. Skip tracing, digital public records, GPS, and other technology allow them to do their job correctly and efficiently. With the constantly changing times, private process servers must update or add new technology to assist them. Social media is one of the things that private process servers are really starting to use more frequently.
Locating Resident City
While it is true that some people do not update their city on social media quickly or at all, often the city and state listed on social media is accurate. If an individual has moved and you aren’t sure of their new location, this can give the process server or skip tracer a starting point in trying to find them. Continue reading
When you have a legal matter that needs papers served to another party, your best bet is to hire a private process server to handle the matter for you. However, many people do not consider the dangers that a private process server is in every day while doing their job. Thankfully, private process servers are protected by the law. Here’s what you need to know if you have a difficult serve coming up.
Non-Violent Refusal of Service
According to Florida state law, an individual being served with papers must accept them and cannot refuse them. If an individual lies about who they are to a process server or otherwise refuses to accept the papers, the process server can contact the police or sheriff for assistance. If the individual is making threats, but is non-violent, they can be cited for it and charged with a misdemeanor. Continue reading