When you file any type of civil case with the courts, you are required to notify the other party of the legal action being pursued against them. This is a basic right of due process, and it is the right of every US citizen. You must know about a legal matter to defend yourself against it. So the courts require proof that legal papers were served to those parties for your case to move forward.
But what do you do when you can’t find the person that needs to be served? While some people skip town when they know they are about to be served, the majority of the time skip traces are needed simply because life happens. Here are some of the more common situations in which you might need skip tracing.
The target recently moved due to career, family, or other cause.
Quite often the fact that someone has recently moved just before they need to be served is nothing more than coincidence. There are a lot of things that can happen to cause an individual or family to move, and not everyone leaves forwarding addresses. That can require skip tracing to find where they moved to so they can be served in the new location.
A small business closes their doors.
This is becoming more and more of a problem with the small business failures the pandemic has brought on. Some “businesses” are nothing more than one person working out of their home as a “freelancer.” While this is perfectly legal to do, it makes things murky when the business closes. How things are handled depends on the structure of the business, which determines who is legally responsible for damages. Sometimes uncovering the true responsible party or finding the independent proprietor after a move requires skip tracing.
A tenant up for eviction has flown the coop.
If you’ve been waiting for the national moratorium on evictions to expire before filing, you aren’t alone. Most landlords have been fairly lackadaisical about filing evictions for a while now, because the cases weren’t going anywhere regardless. But that time is just about upon us, and its time to start serving those 3 and 7 day notices. If you get to serving the actual eviction papers and they can’t be found because they’ve already vacated, you’ll need a skip tracer to locate them for remaining payment due.
There are many other situations in which you might need to hire a skip tracer to find the person that needs to be served. Our process servers are experienced skip tracers as well, so we can get your papers served no matter what. Contact us today to get started.
Did you know that not everyone can be a process server? In fact, there are a large number of people who could never be process servers for the state of Florida. Here is what your process server should have to be able to serve papers in the state.
Age and legal requirements
Private process servers must be a minimum of 18 years of age. They also must have no legal impediment to performing their duties as a process server. This means that the individual cannot be on probation or have a felony criminal record. Some misdemeanors will also prohibit you from serving papers at any time in the future. Continue reading
Florida has long had specific rules for how businesses must be served in civil matters, but many of those rules are impractical at this time. Due to the pandemic, many businesses have gone completely virtual, letting their unaffordable leases lapse and saving on overhead. Other small businesses have been started by freelancers who have a diverse and completely remote staff.
But if a business doesn’t have a physical location, how are you supposed to serve them? Continue reading
The increasing spread of the coronavirus is causing many people to become concerned about interacting with people as a general rule, especially people that you don’t know or have never met before. More and more restaurants and grocery stores are offering no contact deliveries. It is important that these concepts reach across the board to all personal services.
That should include service of process. No one should feel as though they are not safe, even if that safety is threatened by a virus rather than a person or natural hazard. You might think that legal service cannot be executed without contact, but there are some ways that we can create a contactless process. Continue reading