Welcome to the Lafayette Process Servers LLC podcast.
Process Server Job Description
Process servers play a crucial role in the legal system by serving court papers to defendants. This is because a person cannot be convicted of a crime or sued in civil court if they have not been given proper notice of the proceedings.
By serving these papers, process servers help make sure that the legal process proceeds as it should.
Process Servers: What Skills Do They Need?
Anyone who works in the legal system understands that there is a process that everyone needs to follow, including the handling of sensitive documents. But being a process server involves more than simply delivering the papers to the recipient; it requires specific skills to track down the relevant parties.
Being a process server requires research skills because they need to review a lot of information that would help them find the recipient. They must navigate online and physical databases, web information, social media profiles and posts, and background information, including public documents, last known addresses, and a list of known associates and work history.
The use of technology adds another level of complexity when tracking down a person, especially in the age of identity theft and fake social media profiles. But tools such as GPS and data analytics have also helped researchers find the information they need.
Process servers must be able to use all available resources and technology, so they won’t have to petition the court for another form of delivery service.
Experience on the Road
Process servers spend a lot of time on the road, so they must be good navigators, comfortably travel to different states, and be familiar with traffic rules and regulations in various localities.
Sometimes they may have to spend several days or weeks to locate one person, and if they run out of leads, they should be able to think on their feet and devise another way to deliver the documents.
Strictly Follow Court Rules and Guidelines
Process servers must follow all guidelines that regulate the industry in different states. These guidelines cover who can serve papers, who can receive them, the deadline of the court, and respecting property lines in different states.
They must know how and when to contact local law enforcement and follow state rules regarding the serving of legal summons or petitions.
No training is required for anyone to become a process server, but generally, they must be 18 years of age and should not be connected or known to any party in any court case they are working with.
There is no licensing requirement for process servers, but some states regulate who can become one and how they can serve papers within the area.
The nature of the job requires process servers to be energetic, have a curious mind, be good with conflict resolution, and work with a team of legal professionals acting for the court.
Become a Process Server
Being a process server is not an easy job, and it is more than just delivering papers. It involves doing everything possible to complete the legal process and help people resolve cases without delay.
The foregoing podcast has simply been presented for informational purposes only. He or those at Lafayette Process Servers LLC, are not attorneys. Process serving laws and rules of civil procedure are different from state to state. If you seek further information about this topic, please make sure to contact an attorney in your local area
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