Serving legal papers is an essential step in the legal process that must be finished before the start of court proceedings in a lawsuit, as we have often emphasized on this site. A clear example of the administration of justice is informing someone about a court action in which they are a witness or a party.
However, there are situations when the person who is supposed to be served cannot be found in a timely manner. His or her last known location might not be where he or she presently lives or works, or they might be avoiding service on purpose. Because of this, at Baton Rouge Process Servers, we employ skip tracing services to find fugitives and anyone who are purposefully or unintentionally evading service.
Skip tracing: What Is It?
In order to find someone who is off the beaten path or just doesn’t want to be found, we use a variety of distinct techniques known as skip tracing. Literally, the phrase refers to “tracing” a person who has “skipped” town, typically without providing contact or whereabouts details. Finding such people might be a difficult, if not impossible, effort for a process server who is trying to do their job. After all, any conventional techniques that laypeople would have at their disposal are likely to be ineffective in identifying someone who is purposefully avoiding service.
However, because our process servers have access to specific databases, we can more readily look for people who are hiding. Utility companies, banks, social media, voting records, third parties, corporate filings, car registrations, license renewals, property tax records, landline listings, credit reports, criminal and probation records, and many other sources of potential location or employment data are all sources from which we are able to collect information. We next compare our data gathered from each source using such a thorough collection of data. Most persons may be located with this, or at the very least a live relative, by asking around.
Skip Tracing’s Importance for Process Servers
We can speed up the court process so that justice is more easily achievable for all parties by using skip tracing in Metairie to find absentee would-be servees. After all, a crucial part of due process is serving legal documents to all parties involved in a lawsuit. A litigant will not have the opportunity to provide a defense if they are not made aware of the proceedings in which they are involved. Skip tracing in Lake Charles levels the playing field and provides everyone—even those who are difficult to find—a voice in the legal issues that affect them.
Additionally, it is true that justice moves slowly, thus adding more time to the process would be futile in addition to being annoying. As crucial as it is, prompt and accurate service is the cornerstone of case development. When the court must wait a long time for the filing proving all parties were fairly served, a matter may take longer than expected to be resolved. The result will be a backlog of court cases as many cases will become inactive. Skip tracing speeds up the process, making it possible to find more servees quickly so that cases can move forward.
Additionally, skip tracing in Lafayette lowers expenses. A litigant or legal firm wastes time, energy, and money if they must repeatedly employ a process server to serve a particular person and the several attempts are fruitless.
Please keep in mind that despite the fact that we work in the legal field, we are not attorneys. Please consult a local attorney if you have any further inquiries about the topics we covered here.
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