If you are representing yourself in a civil legal matter, you probably need to keep your costs to a minimum. That might tempt you to cut some corners, like not hiring a process server. However, it is extremely important that you do not serve the papers yourself or have a friend serve them. Only certain people can serve papers in Pensacola. Here’s what you need to know.
Who can serve papers?
Your legal papers can be served by one of two groups of people. Florida state law requires that all persons who conduct service of process be trained, vetted, and approved by the courts. Continue reading
It seems like about every other month something about social media is hitting the headlines. Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, have become not only commonplace, but almost a requirement for being part of society. As such, it is no wonder that it is starting to be adopted for new and interesting purposes.
One of the things that most people do not think about is that it can be very easy to track someone down using just the information on their social media profiles. If someone has moved, changed jobs, or otherwise made it difficult to serve them, their social media accounts could give clues about where to find them. Continue reading
Having legal papers served in person by a private process server is not the only way that you can deliver service of process as required by the courts. In fact, there are alternative methods of service that can be used when traditional service is deemed impossible. However, these alternative methods must be approved by a judge, and they will only be allowed in specific situations.
There are many different alternative methods of service of process that the judge may be willing to agree to. Different judges are allowing different methods of service. While there is no national precedent and only a few state precedents, some judges are allowing many different types of service using technology. Continue reading
If you are suing a company rather than an individual, there are additional rules that you, your attorney, and your process server must follow. While court documents can be served to an individual listed on the papers, there can be confusion when the entity on the papers is a company rather than an individual person.
There are certain rules about who can be served for a company. It will vary slightly by jurisdiction, although in general the rules in Florida are similar throughout the state. So who at the company gets the papers? Can you just leave them with any employee? Continue reading
When you need legal papers served, you want to know that you have a process server you can trust. There are several things you should look for in a private process server. Here are the best ways to choose a process server.
Experience and Know-How
It is important that your private process server has experience in their field, as well as knowledge of current Florida law and guidelines for serving process. Check not only the age of the company, but also the average number of years of experience of the individual process servers. While it is normal and perfectly fine to use a process server with less experience, they should be part of a more experienced company with in-depth training. Continue reading