If you have papers that need to be served to someone who isn’t typically available for much of the day, you might be wondering how they are going to get served. It is important to remember that process servers do not work bankers’ hours. You can have papers served in the evenings or on the weekends, as well as other times that someone might be found at home.
There are no rules about how late in the day a process server can serve papers. Most process servers will not attempt to serve papers after about 8 P.M. unless there are extenuating circumstances. Sometimes people are more likely to be found at home in the evenings if they work full time, and this may be a better option than serving them at work. Continue reading
Do you have a civil court case that is dead in the water because you can’t find the defendant? This is a common problem, especially when using the sheriff’s department for service of process. Often, people have simply moved or changed employment, but sometimes people intentionally disappear so that they can’t be sued or prosecuted.
Private process servers have a lot of resources available to find missing persons who need to be served. The sheriff’s department does not have the resources to find people for this purpose. Often, if a sheriff cannot serve the papers at the individual’s last known residence, they return the papers to the court as undeliverable. A process server can spend much more time and try more locations to get the papers served in a timely manner. Continue reading
If you have a legal matter pending with the courts, you probably need service of process to the other parties in the case. While the sheriff’s department can handle service of process for you, there are a lot of reasons that you really need a professional process server to assist you. Here are just a few of those reasons.
A professional process server will be able to provide timely service of process in your case. The sooner service can be made, the more quickly your case can move forward. The sheriff’s department has a lot of responsibilities, and serving papers often gets pushed to the bottom of the list of priorities. This can mean that your papers will not be served before your court date. A private process server has no such limitations. Continue reading
The men and women of the military often put their lives at risk for the protection of the country and its citizens. Everyone should respect military members, even when they have done something that leads to a legal case. Yet for any case to move forward in Florida, service of process must be made. Here is what you need to know about serving papers to military members.
Jurisdiction for Service
When you have a case involving a military service member, you have to make sure that jurisdiction allows for the case to move forward and service to be made. Jurisdiction is often based on a person’s domicile, which can be different than their physical address. If a person is stationed on a base in Florida, their state of residence could be Tennessee or any other state. If that is the case, you won’t be able to serve them in Florida. You may need to hire a process server in their state of residence to deliver the papers when they are home on leave. Continue reading
If you are a landlord in Florida, you will eventually face the problem of having to evict someone for nonpayment of rent or violations of their lease terms. Florida has specific laws about how evictions must be handled. The first step is to provide the tenant with a three-day or seven-day eviction notice, depending on the reason for the eviction. If the tenant doesn’t take action within the specified time frame, the landlord can then file papers with the court.
The papers that are filed with the court must be served to the tenant by a private process server, but the three-day or seven-day notices can be posted to the tenant by anyone. Here are three benefits of using a process server for the initial notice.
Proof of Service
Even though you don’t necessarily have to have proof of service of the three-day or seven-day notices, it can be helpful to have this proof handy. A private process server will make sure that there is proof that these notices have been delivered to the tenant or posted on the door. This way if the tenant denies that you ever gave them the notice, you have proof otherwise. Continue reading