Process servers are an integral part of the legal process. Court documents for cases and procedures dealing with real estate, small claims, divorce filings, personal protection, and more will often require one involved party to “serve” a second involved party with an official document or notification (e.g. subpoena, complaints, summons). These documents need to be delivered to the involved parties in a timely manner and are often required to be delivered by a disinterested 3rd party.
There are different types of firms that specialize in process serving. The most common are specialized process serving companies and attorney services (which often contract with a process server company).
Attorney services can be convenient and typically focus on marketing to and dealing with attorneys, directly. They can be convenient if the attorney also has a need for other services such as court filings. However, for many private individuals or small attorney firms, going direct to a process server company has a number of advantages:
When evaluating firms to serve your documents, it will be important to determine the following:
Finally, get a feel for the firm’s professionalism. How a firm’s website looks, how they answer the phone, how they answer your questions will all give you a feel for their professionalism. Chances are good (though not certain), that if a company pays attention to how they look and come across to prospective clients, they pay attention to the job as well. Few companies tend to be conscientious only in select areas. This is not a fact but a good rule of thumb.
Good luck and I hope your legal issues go smoothly.