Once your civil case is filed, your next step is to find a legitimate process server to serve the defendants and witnesses in your case. But how can you tell a reputable server from a scammer? Ask yourself the following questions to make sure you’re choosing a credible server who won’t derail your case:
Are They Certified?
Process servers working in Tampa Bay must be certified by Florida’s 13th Judicial Circuit. Certification involves training, passing an examination, posting a surety bond, and more. If the process server you are considering cannot prove certification, then no process that they serve will be considered valid by a Florida court. Continue reading
In a world where it seems like violent crime is on the rise, many people have begun protecting themselves by recording video and audio of their surroundings at all times. Law enforcement officers often wear body cameras while on the job to keep an accurate and indisputable record of their actions and the actions of those around them. But can process servers also legally use body cameras while working?
Advantages of Body Cameras
It’s no secret that the serving process can be a dangerous job, so anything a process server can do to make their job safer is great. Wearing a body camera while the serving process has two distinct advantages – it provides indisputable evidence that the process was served to the correct person on the date and time the server indicates, and it can also deter violent or aggressive behavior by a process recipient. This means body cameras can protect a process server’s reputation and prevent physical harm. Continue reading
Why would someone pretend to be a process server? To scam you out of your hard-earned cash! Scammers have seeped into literally every aspect of our lives these days, and the process serving industry is no exception. We frequently get calls from people who trusted a cut-rate server with their case’s process, only to have them disappear with the money and the paperwork, never serving it as promised. Not that it would matter if they did, because uncertified process servers are not allowed in Hillsborough County at all. Any process an uncertified process server delivers is not valid and can be grounds for dismissal of an entire case.
Wondering how you can tell if a process server is legit? Use our guide below to vet candidates, and if any don’t check all the boxes, make it a hard pass. Continue reading
A process server is a person who delivers documents to a specific recipient, typically legal documents. If you’ve initiated any type of court filing in Tampa Bay, you may be wondering if you should use a process server to deliver the related documents. In almost all cases, the answer is yes.
Process servers can be helpful in virtually any type of legal case. Process servers ensure there is no question about whether a defendant or witness has been made aware of the upcoming case.
Process servers can also help in non-legal matters, such as helping locate a missing person or retrieving documents.
Here are a few examples of different legal issues that can benefit from using a process server: Continue reading
What is a Skip Trace?
A skip trace is the process of finding a person using various resources, including public records, directories, social media, background information, and more.
Who Can Skip Tracing Find?
A skip trace can be used to locate literally anyone. While skip traces are common in legal situations, they have many other valid uses as well. Continue reading
Filing a complaint is usually the first step in starting a lawsuit. This complaint outlines your allegations against another party and must be officially served on them so they can answer back with their side of the story. All of this happens before anyone appears in an actual courtroom.
Serving legal documents such as these requires hiring a certified process server who knows the rules about delivering, or serving, crucial case documents.
What is a Process Server?
A process server is a person who delivers legal documents to another person, often through personal delivery or by post. The process server must try to hand the document to the recipient in person, and if they are not available after several attempts, then the process server may request permission to serve the person by alternative means. Continue reading
Social media is nothing if not controversial. Privacy concerns, misinformation campaigns, political violence…what happened to the good old days of just sharing what you ate for dinner? As social media becomes more entrenched in our daily lives, how will it affect the industries and jobs that keep our country running?
Process serving has always required in-person delivery for almost all cases. Using digital platforms, such as social media, to serve process has been frowned upon for many reasons: Continue reading
Foreclosure cases can be very difficult for everyone involved. At the base level, you have an individual or family that is losing their home or business. Law enforcement has the ugly job of making sure the residents leave as directed by a court. The court system must make sure that the foreclosure is being done within the confines of the law in the state of Florida. And finally, banks and financing companies must spend time and money repairing the property so it can be sold to another buyer.
Anything you can do to make the foreclosure process easier is a good idea, and using a reputable process server to handle the delivery of foreclosure paperwork is a great way to do so. Continue reading
If you’re in need of a quality, reliable process server, you may be wondering where to start looking. In a huge area like Tampa Bay, how do you narrow down all the choices?
In this post, we’ll discuss our top tips for finding the best process server near you so you can get back to what you’re best at – winning cases for your clients.
Ask for Recommendations
When you file your case with the local court clerk, you’re in a great place to ask for process server recommendations. Court personnel must deal with process servers daily, so they likely know which ones are doing their jobs well. They may also have a printed list you can take with you. Continue reading