How do you select the right process server agency?
The process of how to determine which process server agency to call, and then how to figure out if they’re the right fit for your case is sure to be an important one, and there can be no doubt that you want to get it right. There are a couple of things that you should keep in mind as you look for the process server agency that is right for you. First, the process server agency should be familiar with the laws related to your case. Taking advantage of a free quote can be a great way to get a feel for what the process server agency can offer you, and whether or not they treat you as a person or case number. This idea of being more than a case number is important because it can change the way the process server agency handles your case. This is so often the case because they have a feel for the struggles of that given area, and are invested in the well being of the people who seek out their help. If you’ve been less than impressed by a process server agency you should feel free to find a different process server agency without feeling guilty. You are a person of worth, and your process server agency should recognize this and treat you accordingly. Your case is individual, and your process server agency should treat it as such. By using the knowledge and experience that they have gained in cases similar to yours, process server agencies should be able to give you useful information as you proceed through whatever legal steps your case requires.
How much is service of process?
The fee’s for service of process from a licensed process server agency is determined by the turnaround time, most agencies will provide at least two (2) levels of service, while the more experienced agency will offer more options.
Levels of service defined:
- Routine $75.00-125.00: process servers will make the first (1st) attempt anywhere from 3-5 days to 7-10 days.
- Rush $150.00-225.00: process server will make the first (1st) attempt anywhere from 3-5 days to next business day.
- Same Day $200.00-$250.00: process server will make the first (1st) attempt the same day.
- Stake-out $300.00 + 100.00 per hour: process server will show up on the date and duration of time you select.
*Please note the timelines/fee’s above represent a range that is currently offered by the process server agencies. These timelines are extremely important prior to selecting a process server agency. You should be mindful of the time restraints related to your case. The differences between routine, rush and same day service, is the start times, they all require the process servers to make up to three (3) attempt and signed and notarized affidavit. There are a few exceptions, which is why you need a process servers agency that understand all the laws a rules related to your service.
What is included with Service of Process?
What’s included varies from agency to agency, however the more experienced process server agencies tend to provide more options, to assist in having the party served. The basics are:
- A notarized affidavit (which represents what transpired on each attempt).
This is important because it serves as a record of the attempts made and show the court that you have attempted to have the party served. Which can lead to additional options provided by the court.
- Basic Skip Trace (locating software)
This option can be very helpful, with difficult services. Weather a party is attempting to evade service, or when they have moved to a new location.
- Drafting an order for substitute service, if case required.
This is a great tool that is offered by the more experienced process server agencies, to assist in services in which the party is attempting to evade service.
As the old saying goes “you get what you pay for” which mean if you are purely focused on price rather than service, less options maybe provided to you.
What should I look for prior to selecting a process server agency?
Prior to selecting a process server agency, you should take the time to review the qualification of the process server agency by:
- Reviewing the website of the process server agency;
- Ask if the process server agency is licensed;
- Is the process server agency registered with the Better Business Bureau;
- Does the representative take the time to explain the process;
- Are the representatives knowledgable;
- Are there any reviews on the process server agency;
This list should provide a reasonable level of comfort provided that the process server agency meet your qualifications.
What documents do process servers agency serve?
process servers agencies serve all types of legal documents, including: summons and complaints, divorce papers, family court documents, subpoenas, citations, small claims court cases, order to show cause, petitions, discovery documents, evictions, landlord/tenant notices, motions, and more.