Process servers play an important role in the legal system. The right to due process means that individuals must be informed of court cases against them. Process servers fulfill this role by serving process, or delivering legal papers in approved and legal ways.
If you have always wanted to be a part of the system, becoming a process server is one way to do so. It is actually fairly easy to become a process server in Florida. Here are some of the key points that you need to know.
You must meet some basic qualifications before you are able to become a process server. You must be at least 18 years of age. You must also have no physical, mental, or legal disability that would prevent you from doing your duty. This means that you cannot have anything negative on your background check. Continue reading
When you have a legal matter pending that is being held up by lack of document service, it can be very frustrating. Private process servers do have ways to find people who need to be served, even when they don’t want to be found. This is called skip tracing. Here’s what it is and how it is used by private process servers.
What Is Skip Tracing?
Skip tracing is the process of locating someone who does not want to be found or who has simply moved without a forwarding address. It is usually done through online companies and websites that the process server will filter through looking for the individual to be served. Skip tracing involves going through public records, including marriage licenses, other court cases, traffic tickets, and property deeds. Continue reading
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