What Is Process Serving?
Have you ever considered hiring a process server? Do you think you might need to in the future, but aren’t sure what a process server does? Maybe you’re confused as to the difference between a private process server and a public one. Here’s everything you need to know about process serving.
1. What services do process servers offer? You’ve probably seen process servers at work, either in public or on TV shows. The main service they offer is serving legal papers. They can serve the papers directly to the people or person named in the legal suit, or to anyone who is at the home or office who knows the individual(s). The legal documents state when and why the named party or parties must appear in court. It seems like a simple job, and sometimes it is — but it can also be an incredibly challenging one.
As an example, many people know a legal process server will be looking for them because they know a lawsuit has been filed against them. They do not want to accept the legal papers, because the court case against them cannot proceed until they have been officially served. They will be very clever and determined about avoiding getting those papers served to them. Sometimes, the person can even become violent toward the process server. It is by no means an easy or safe job, as process servers never know who they will encounter. Being willing to put themselves in a variety of situations that often involve dubious safety is one important extra service process servers offer.
Sometimes, the person named in the papers is difficult to find because he or she no longer lives at the last known address on file when the legal papers were written. If the person isn’t there and his or her current location is unknown (the same thing applies to papers served at places of employment), then process servers have to engage in skip tracing. The person they are looking for may or may not be deliberately hiding. This can make skip tracing very easy or really challenging. Plus, there are clear laws involving skip tracing that process servers must follow, or their serving of the papers when they find the person can be ruled by the court as invalid, and then they have to start the process of serving them all over again — if the court even allows it.
Finally, process servers can file papers in court, at the state department, and at foreign embassies. These filings have to do with the status of their skip tracing, and with the results of the serving on the intended person or people. The job involves a lot of travel, and a lot more work than a person who isn’t familiar with the job might imagine.
2. Why would someone need to hire a process server? Anyone who is filing a civil or criminal lawsuit and needs to get the party to court so the case can move forward needs a process server. Process servers know how to legally and professionally conduct this process. They also know how to find people who may be avoiding them or are in hiding, and how to serve them in a legal manner. These are all things a regular person probably won’t know how to do, or may not be willing to do, due to safety issues.
3. Who benefits from the services of a process server? Anyone who is suing someone or pressing criminal charges in court needs the services of a process server. This means that plaintiffs in lawsuits are the ones who benefit, be they individual people, businesses, government entities or the government itself. They all benefit when filing charges of a civil or criminal nature against a person, people, business, government entity or government.
4. Why use Arkus Investigators for process serving instead of another company? Arkus Investigators is a highly experienced company when it comes to process serving. Our process servers know all of the tricks of the trade to find people who don’t want to be found. We know people will often go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being served with legal papers. When you use Arkus Investigators, you can be assured that every legal measure will be taken to find the person in a timely manner. We work faster than other private process servers, and even faster than the court process server. In fact, the court server will often give up after a few attempts. At Arkus Investigators, we don’t give up, period. We will keep working to locate and serve the defendant in your court case until they are found, legally served, and the court is informed with a notarized document of serving. With Arkus Investigators, your case can move forward and be resolved in a timely manner. Contact Arkus Investigators to get one of our experienced servers on the job today.