Within the average person’s lifetime, they are likely to encounter
at least one instance in which they need someone to be brought into court.
This could be to file a lawsuit against them after they suffer a personal
injury at their hands, to renegotiate divorce agreements, and so on. While
the act of seeing a court case through to the end can be challenging,
just getting the other person in the courtroom can be a monumental challenge
for many people.
This is where
process servers come into play. A process server is someone who is hired to ensure that
a legal document – a process – is handed to – served
– the necessary recipient or recipients. They must also do so within
a specified time limit, generally set by statutes of limitations, and
finish the transferal with an Affidavit of Service, or legal proof that
it was served accordingly. The role of a process server is as important
as it sounds, so it is imperative you hire one that is trustworthy. But
how can you tell an experienced process server from a rookie?
Here’s What to Ask for When Hiring a Process Server
What sort of service of processes can you use?
A decent process server is probably only aware of the age-old tactic of
walking up to someone and handing them the process. While effective, this
method may fail. A good process server will be able to utilize alternative
methods, such as substitute service and service by publication.
How long have you been doing this?
This is really a question you should be asking anyone you hire for any
job. Experience is golden and lets you know upfront that the process server
you are hiring knows the ins and outs of the job, and gets results well
enough to stay in business.
Can you offer any other services?
A reliable process server can be seen as a frontrunner for your legal
endeavors. Other than just delivering important documents and obtaining
an affidavit, they should have the skills necessary to local the person
being served – known as
skip tracing – and utilize
private investigator talents to detect any wrongdoing that is pertinent to the summons while
they are on duty.
At Markell & Associates, Inc., our St. Louis process servers are renowned
throughout Missouri, and even Illinois to the northeast, for providing
premier services to clients at competitive pricing. Our founder, Mr. Mark
Smith, personally has more than 35 years in the business, managing hundreds
upon hundreds services of process as well as numerous investigations as
a licensed private detective. He even has a keen eye for
Call 888.658.8081 at any hour, any day to request a free consultation.