Serving a business has become tricky during the pandemic. Who, where, and how legal papers must be served in regards to businesses can be a complex matter already. Now, Florida lawyers and citizens alike are scrambling to determine how to serve a business when that business might not even be open or available.
Serving Small Businesses
Serving a small business isn’t going to change much from the norm. Most small businesses are not corporations, which means that likely it is the owner or officers who will be legally responsible for accepting legal documents. Although you are supposed to be serving these individuals at their place of business, their home could count if it is where they are performing the majority of their work activities. Continue reading
If you are not new to being a landlord or property manager, you are probably well aware that not all parts of the eviction process have to be handled by a process server, but there are some very good reasons to use a private process server for the entire eviction process.
Three-Day and Seven-Day Notices
Before you can file an eviction with the courts, you have to give your tenants notice that you plan to do so. If a tenant has not paid their rent, you can give them a three-day notice. If the tenant has violated the lease in some other way, a seven-day notice gives them an opportunity to correct the problem before an eviction is filed. Continue reading
The digital age has transformed our society. Looking back even just five years ago can be surreal. Everyone has at least one social media profile, carries a computer in their pocket, and uses a computer frequently throughout the day, almost every day of the year. Even many homeless Americans have regular access to Facebook or email.
The question that many people are asking is, “Why can’t legal papers be served digitally?” Honestly, the courts are extremely behind the times on this issue. There are several different ways that papers could be electronically served where it would be reasonable to assume that the intended recipient received it. Continue reading
Many people are under the impression that you can only be served Monday through Friday during normal business hours. However, there are much fewer restrictions on process service in the state of Florida. While there are a few exceptions, most people can be served Monday through Saturday every week, except national holidays.
Differences for Businesses
If you are serving a business, company, corporation, or organization, you will be more limited in when the entity can be served. Each organization will have a designated person for you to serve the papers to, and they may not be located in the same location in which you did business. If there is no registered agent, the papers can be served to the highest ranking individual at the location you did business with. Continue reading
Many attorneys have an established relationship with one specific process server or one company with several different process servers. Attorneys know that you should use a private process server instead of the sheriff, even though service by the sheriff is pushed by the circuit courts. Here’s more about why lawyers work with private process servers.
Service of Process Is Required
Attorneys often handle more than one case at a time, and they handle many cases in the course of a year. Any civil matter that is filed with the courts requires service of process. If an attorney specializes in civil cases or handles them frequently, it makes sense to have an established account with a private process server. Continue reading