You are going through a legal case such as a divorce, an eviction, or a small claims dispute, and you need to deliver a legal document to another party that is either directly or indirectly involved. Should you hire a process server to complete this duty for you, or are you better off saving yourself the time and the expense and serving the document yourself? In this article, we will discuss a few of the tell-tale signs that hiring a process server is probably a good idea.
- You have a complex situation. As any process server with experience in the industry will tell you, some serves are simply easier than others. Serving a document to someone who has moved away a long distance, for example, is clearly going to be a bit more complicated than serving someone who lives right down the street. In fact, even serving someone who lives a few miles away can be quite the issue if those few miles happen to be enough to implicate that the person in question lives in a different legal jurisdiction. Because the laws regarding process serving vary from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction, it is important to understand how varying laws affect your duties and rights when serving a document — and if this seems intimidating, then hiring a process server may be a good decision.
- You need quick and efficient delivery. Some cases are more time-sensitive than others. If you need a document served within an urgent timeframe, then contracting professional services may be a good idea.
- You can’t locate the person you are trying to serve. One of the most frustrating issues that you may come across is the inability to locate the person who you are trying to serve. Believe it or not, this is actually exceedingly common. Many cases occur after a bit of time has passed since the original events that sparked the case, which means sometimes people have moved away — and many people also deliberately make themselves hard to find in order to avoid making payments or facing other legal ramifications. In these types of scenarios, hiring a skip tracer (someone who specializes in locating hard-to-find people) may be necessary. And, because many process servers also offer skip tracing services, you may wish to take advantage of this opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and hire a process server that offers skip tracing services.
- You need indisputable evidence of delivery. Some cases are more amicable and “cleanly” disputed than others. If you have any reason to suspect that the person in question may attempt to deny the fact that they have been served, then hiring a third party process server is probably a smart move.
Have you decided that hiring a process server is the right decision for your current situation? In that case, we highly encourage you to visit Elite Process Serving online today and learn more about what makes our services stand out from the rest. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you put yourself in the best position to win your case, whatever your case may be!