An Anderson process server is a professional whose job is to deliver legal documents to any party named in any sort of legal proceeding. Generally speaking, process servers are either private investigators or employees of a private investigator. Process servers need to have a thorough understanding of all the laws (federal, state, and local) that apply to delivering legal documents; it’s also important to understand the distinction between documents that can be delivered by mail and those that have to be hand-delivered. Not all private investigators and Anderson investigation firms handle process serving. Those that do provide this service have been trained to perform the job efficiently, ethically, and legally. If you need a process server, you can ensure the job is done right by contacting Upstate Private Investigators.
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What’s Involved in the Process Server’s Job?
Legal documents that need to be delivered to individuals or organizations that are involved in a court proceeding (either as a party or a witness) are entrusted to a process server. The range of documents that might need to be delivered this way is vast. Process servers handle judgment papers, divorce papers, and information requests (e.g., for an individual’s medical or employment history). Process servers may be involved in summoning individuals called to testify in court.
Delivering the documents is just the last step in the process server’s job. First, the server needs to locate the person the documents are going to. In many cases, individuals or organizations have moved, skipped town, or otherwise disappeared. The group providing the documents — the serving party — need not find up-to-date contact information; this is the process server’s job. The process server will locate the individual being served and create an effective plan for document delivery.
When documents need to be hand-delivered, the server may need to study the recipient’s schedule in great detail to identify a time and place where delivery will be successful. It takes significant training to equip a process server with the expertise to locate recipients quickly and efficiently. This is why a qualified private investigator is always the most effective choice for satisfying your process serving needs.
How Are Process Servers Trained?
Legal requirements for working as a process server vary from state to state. As a general rule, it’s desirable for a process server to also be fully qualified as a private investigator. Securing a private investigator’s license (as well as professional accreditation) requires, at a minimum, a 2-year degree in criminal justice. Classes required for such a degree will educate the recipient in forensics, investigation, and the special needs of juvenile justice.
Many career-minded private investigators extend their criminal justice education much further, earning Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in the field. Some PIs dedicate themselves fully to commercial investigation work, while others will pursue governmental employment in the field of criminal justice, working for law enforcement agencies at the local, state, or even federal level.
A trained and experienced private investigator can shift into process serving with ease. They already possess the skills required for locating people; they need only acquire a thorough familiarity with the federal, state, and local laws that pertain to process serving. In some states, for instance, process serving is not allowed between 10 PM and 8 AM. Other states forbid process serving at a person’s place of employment unless the recipient agrees to the delivery in advance.
Who Do Process Servers Work For?
Process servers can be hired by virtually anyone, but speaking practically, attorneys do the majority of process server hiring. They trust process servers to get official court documents to the appropriate recipients quickly and efficiently. Potential employers will also use process servers to request important information (such as employment and medical records) when they are considering a new hire. Individuals may hire process servers directly when they are involved in a legal proceeding without an attorney (e.g. a case in small claims court or a divorce proceeding).
Anyone who hires a process server needs to ensure that their server has the training necessary to do the job ethically and legally. A process server who cuts corners or ignores important regulations may expose their employer to legal recourse from the people being served. This is why most employers entrust their process serving work to trained private investigators.
When You Need An Anderson Process Server, Contact Upstate Private Investigators
In any situation where you need to have legal documents served — to a business, to a spouse, or to a former associate — you want to make sure that your process server is experienced, capable, and fully qualified. You need those documents served quickly and appropriately. Learn more about your process serving options by contacting Upstate Private Investigators now.