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Mistakes Often Made By Process Servers

As a reputable process service agency, Accurate Serve® of Tallahassee is committed to delivering professional and efficient service to our clients. However, it is important to acknowledge that mistakes can happen in any profession, including process serving. In this post, we will shed light on some common mistakes often made by process servers and discuss rules specific to Florida. By being aware of these mistakes, we aim to uphold the highest standards in our industry and provide accurate and reliable service to our clients.

Lack of Due Diligence

One of the most prevalent mistakes made by process servers is a lack of thorough due diligence. It is essential to conduct extensive research and gather all the necessary information regarding the individual or entity being served. Failure to obtain accurate details, such as correct addresses, updated contact information, or legal requirements, can result in wasted time and resources, delaying the serving process.

Inadequate Communication

Effective communication plays a pivotal role in successful process serving. Process servers must maintain open lines of communication with both clients and the individuals being served. Failure to promptly update clients regarding the progress of the serving process or to effectively communicate with the recipients can lead to misunderstandings, delays, and even legal complications. We avoid these pitfalls at Accurate Serve® by updating all of our clients in real-time using our status update tool, available 24/7 right from our home page.

Insufficient Documentation

Another common mistake made by process servers is the failure to maintain accurate and comprehensive documentation. It is crucial to document each step of the serving process meticulously. This includes recording the time, date, and location of the attempted service, any relevant interactions with the parties involved, and any obstacles or challenges encountered. Proper documentation helps establish the validity and credibility of the serving process and provides crucial evidence if legal issues arise. Maintaining proper proof of service is a requirement of Florida law for all process servers.

Ignoring Rules and Regulations

Every state has its own set of rules and regulations governing the process serving profession. In Florida, for example, it is important to note that serving process on Sundays is not allowed. Process servers must be well-versed in these regulations and adhere to them strictly. This is why all process servers in Florida must complete a comprehensive certification course and exam to serve process in this state. Failing to abide by the state’s specific rules can not only jeopardize the legality of the serving process, but also tarnish the reputation of the process server and their agency.

Lack of Professionalism

Process serving is a profession that requires a high degree of professionalism and discretion. Some process servers make the mistake of disregarding these important qualities. Maintaining a professional demeanor, dressing appropriately, and acting respectfully toward all parties involved are crucial aspects of the job. Failure to uphold professionalism can undermine the credibility of the serving process and may lead to negative consequences for all parties involved.

Don’t Let Process Service Mistakes Derail Your Case

At Accurate Serve® of Tallahassee, we understand the importance of avoiding common mistakes made by process servers. We strive to provide the highest level of service to our clients by acknowledging and rectifying these mistakes, ensuring a smooth and efficient service of process while maintaining the integrity of our profession. For more information, call us at (850) 519-5494.