You want the process server you use for your cases to follow all the rules here in Florida. You do not want to give the defendant any reason to claim improper service, which could cause delays, extra expenses, and possibly even a dismissal. Keep an eye out for these telltale signs of a fake process server:
The state of Florida requires that all process servers be certified and approved by the judicial circuit in which they plan to work. Pensacola and Escambia county area in Florida’s 1st Judicial Circuit, along with Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties. Anyone attempting to serve process in these counties that are not listed on the 1st Judicial District approved process server list is acting fraudulently. Continue reading
Process servers have the difficult job of locating people to deliver what can be bad news. It’s not unusual for a defendant to try to evade service of process to delay the court proceedings. Since courts do prefer in-person service, a defendant’s evasion makes a process server’s job much harder. However, process servers have a few tricks to hunt down even the most elusive people.
Gather as much information as possible before attempting service.
If you complete this step correctly, you might not have to move on to any of the other steps. There is a ton of information you can find out about a person without ever leaving your desk. Some of the basic information you should gather before heading out is: Continue reading
Process servers are best known for delivering legal documents to the homes of strangers and declaring the infamous words, “You’ve been served.” While this service of process is the most prominent responsibility among process servers, they also maintain other essential legal responsibilities.
Are you considering this line of work? Make sure you know everything it involves. Here are a few of the other tasks you will perform if you become a process server.
If there’s one thing the court system generates daily, it’s documented. Every motion, filing, briefing, verdict, or claim within a jurisdiction leads to a document being filed at the county clerk’s office. Continue reading
You hear a knock at the door, but you don’t recognize the person standing on the other side of your door. It could be a process server, a professional hired to deliver legal documents into your hands.
Do you open the door and accept the papers or turn running the other way? As tempting as it may be to avoid a process server, it’s a very bad idea. Process servers are only messengers; ignoring the documents they’re delivering won’t make your problems disappear. Whether it’s a debt, divorce, or home foreclosure, avoiding your process server can’t reverse the problem. Continue reading
You’ve probably seen dramatic movie scenes involving process servers who serve papers in the midst of an important event or by impersonating the pizza delivery person. These tactics make great drama on the big screen, but in real life, process servers have specific rules they must follow while delivering service of process.
No Opening Mailboxes
Although process servers are tasked with delivering papers, they are not permitted to open a recipient’s mailbox and place the papers inside manually. In fact, the mailbox as a whole is off-limits. Continue reading
When it comes to delivering legal documents regarding a case of importance to you or your business, you cannot leave the delivery to chance.
Sheriffs can perform service of process for free, but they don’t have the time or resources to handle every process service request. This is why private process servers have become far more common over the last 10 years. Companies like Accurate Serve Pensacola provide faster and more reliable service than any sheriff can offer while still attending to his many other responsibilities.
As you search for the right process server to handle your case, be sure to ask the most important questions. Continue reading