What Role Does Investigation Play in Process Serving?

Why a Process Server Is Necessary

In the United States, accused individuals have a right to know what legal actions are being brought against them with sufficient time to build a defense. As a part of this process, a person who is being sued must be “served” with papers detailing why and when they need to appear in court. Serving subpoenas and legal papers to individuals can sometimes be a difficult task, however, as people who know they have a subpoena coming may attempt to avoid being served by staying on the move.

This is where a process server comes in handy. A skilled process server is necessary in order to conduct private investigations to track down evasive parties of a court case. Finding a person who does not want to be found, known as skip tracing, can be extremely difficult for the average person.

Investigative Techniques That Process Servers Can Use

A process server can employ various methods to locate and serve a person in hiding, such as:

  • Examining schedules of a person, including their work schedules and daily routines
  • Scouring social media for clues of their locations or places they may frequent
  • Interviewing known associates
  • Surveilling the defendant’s last known address to identify a person’s whereabouts and give a process server the opportunity to counter a person’s evasive tactics

An experienced process server can leverage their extensive network of databases, personnel, and resources to find the information you need about an elusive individual.  

Contact a Skilled Process Server in St. Louis

Process serving must be completed within the bounds of the law in order to be valid. Since an improper service can potentially lead to a case dismissal or vacated judgment, it is imperative that this duty be left in the hands of a trusted process server. At Markell & Associates, Inc., our St. Louis process servers have more than 60 years of combined experience and hold a membership with the National Association of Professional Process Servers, giving us the skills to find and properly serve even the most evasive individuals.

To find out more about how we can help, call (888) 658-8081 or contact us online today.