Do you have a lawsuit pending against someone, but you need to go through the process of serving them the paperwork for them to appear in court? This is a very difficult task that often requires a process server. They essentially find a way to trick a person into identifying themself so the server can legally deliver the paperwork. Since the first attempt may be the only attempt to catch someone off guard, here are some tips that they'll potentially use to get the job done.
The key to not being recognized as a process server is to dress down. They want to blend in with whatever environment they are in so that they do not stand out, so it often means ditching the suit and tie and trying to dress more like the person they are serving. If someone has a suspicion that the person approaching them is trying to serve court papers, they may decide to not identify themselves or run away.
Keeping Paperwork Out of Sight
A huge red flag that will identify a process server is if someone can actually see the paperwork they are about to be given. The process server will keep it out of sight, even if the document is folded or rolled up and in their back pocket. You do not want the process server to appear as if they are about to give whatever papers they are holding in their hand.
Posing as Someone Else
It's very easy to deliver paperwork if the process server can pose as someone else. A great way to do this is to pretend to be a delivery person. If you show up at someone's door with a package or flowers, the person on the other side of the door is going to be curious about what the process server has. It is then very easy for the process server to get identification and even a signature verifying who the person is before giving the paperwork to them. The process server eventually has to identify themself, but at that point, they have the identification they need.
Getting Info from Neighbors
One way that a process server will gather information is to talk to the neighbors of the person they are trying to serve. You would be surprised at how willing a neighbor can give up information, such as what time someone usually comes home, or even verifying the person's identity and their address so that they can serve the paperwork with absolute certainty.
To learn more about this aspect, contact process services.