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How to hire a Process Server to serve court and legal papers

If you are involved in a court case or legal process, you may need to hire a process server. A process server is trained to handdeliver important legal documents to their intended recipient. You may wonder why you can’t simply send these documents in the post? Using a process server will ensure that the recipient cannot claim ignorance or that they haven’t received the legal papers. Post can get lost in transit and people can move home  a process server will track down the recipient and obtain proof of delivery to ensure this doesn’t happen.

If you need a process server, how can you hire one and what must you consider when making a choice? The following guide explains how you can hire the services of a professional process server:

Choosing a Process Server

Before you start the process of hiring a process server, you should ensure you are fully prepared and confident in your choice. A process server offers a specific service, but within this service, the terms and conditions could vary greatly from each company to the next. The following is a comprehensive checklist of the “job specifics” that you should be aware of:

  • How does the Process Server charge clients i.e. is it a fixed fee or “per attempt” basis?
  • Does the Process Server provide an unlimited number of delivery attempts, if not, how many?
  • What geographical locations does the Process Server cover?
  • Is there a fixed price per area or does their fee cover any UK destination?
  • What method of proof will the process server obtain when delivering your documents?
  • What information do you need to provide to the process server?

Once you are 100% clear on the above pointers and requirements, you should then search for reviews of the process server. Use Google to find previous customer reviews and check the website of the firm (if they have one). Reading actual reviews allows you to formulate an opinion of the ability of your potential process server and check their reliability.

Hiring a Process Server

Now that you have discovered the fine points of the service provided, scoured the web for positive reviews, and settled on a trusted process server, you can now instigate the procedure and start the ball rolling. First and foremost you should contact the process server or legal firm, agree on a contract and establish a rapport.

Once you have done this, you should then scan, email or hand deliver your legal documents to the process server – ensure the documents are clear and legible, and that all relevant information is included. To help the process server in their work, you should also provide as much information as possible about the respondent. Consider including their place of work and occupation, their home address, their immediate family details and any past failed attempts at serving.

Other useful information to provide could include their weekly routine and habits such as any hobbies they have or any locations they regularly visit. Do they go to a gym? Do they take a particular route to their place of work? Is there a local shop they visit? The more information you can provide, the quicker your process server can deliver your documents. If you feel a piece of information may appear trivial, give it anyway – it could turn out to be a vital link to your target.

Now that you have provided the legal documents and a substantial amount of information relating to your target, your chosen process server can set to work immediately. Be sure to maintain regular contact and check on their progress – they may need additional information or clarification on some of the details you have provided. All you can do now is play the waiting game as your process server works to track down the target and obtain proof of delivery of the legal documents.

What can you legally do to find someone in the UK?

There may be a time in your life when you have to track someone down. This could be for personal reasons or for legal reasons i.e. a court case. You may just want to snoop around and be nosey! Whatever the reason, you should be aware of what you can legally do to find someone, and what options you have at your disposal to find your desired target.

It is important to understand what is against the law when trying to find someone in the UK before embarking on your search. What could you potentially be arrested for? The following is a list of tracing means a member of the public cannot do without potential legal action being taken if caught:

  • Place a wiretap on someone’s phone
  • Intercept someone’s personal mail
  • Access government held records
  • Access certain and special databases containing personal information
  • Enter someone’s property without permission

As you will find out later, it is possible to do some of these things, but you would have to enlist the services of a private detective or law firm who can offer a person tracing service. If you are unsure if what you are doing is illegal, seek advice before you do it or hire a professional!

Simple methods anyone can use to track a person both online and offline

Now you understand what you cannot do, we can look at the myriad simple methods you can use to track a person within the realms of the law. It is surprising to see that you do not need extensive training to track someone – although the methods listed below are not guaranteed to work, they are relatively easy to do and could yield positive results:

1. Search social media platforms

In today’s modern society many people live their lives on social media. You can find out a decent amount of information about a person simply by trawling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

2. Search through phone directories

Phone directories and products such as the Yellow Pages do still exist. Consider searching through directories such as these to see if your person has a listed telephone number and address.

3. Perform a Google Search

Have you ever tried “Googling” your own name? You will be surprised at the results! Why not try searching for your person through a search engine to see what information you can gather.

4. Visit their last known whereabouts

If you know your target’s last known address or place of work, you can simply go to that address and see if they are in. Whether or not they answer the door or agree to speak to you is an entirely different matter, however.

5. Contact their last known place of employment

This is still considered legal but may not yield any results. If you know where your target worked, you can always call their office. In most cases, a company will more than likely not provide any personal information about an employee but you could get lucky .

Hire the services of a professional tracing agent

If your sleuthing skills prove inadequate and you cannot locate your target, do not despair! It is possible to hire the services of a firm such as Diem Legal that specialises in Tracing and Process Serving. A tracing agent and process server both specialise in tracking individuals, and if necessary, serving them important documents. Furthermore, such firms have access to databases and documents not widely available to the general public. Finally, organisations such as these can help obtain warrants to search premises and get approval for other surveillance methods in some cases.