What If I Am Being Served?
If you think there is someone looking to serve documents on you, there is little you can do to avoid being served.
Hiring private process servers is the most commonly utilized method to have someone served. Most process servers are not empowered by any authority and have no special powers making them above the law. However, process servers are agents of the law and are guided by the the state’s rules of civil procedures.
Take everything you’ve seen on TV and toss it out the door. The embellished methods seen are nothing compared to real life service of process.
In most cases, process server are professional and pleasant. They are fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers just doing a job. In fact, the service they provide allow you to take action to defend yourself against any possible actions sought.
The state laws make if virtually impossible to avoid being served in one manner or another.
Many documents can be left with with co-residents or simply posted to the door in public view.
In many states, closing the door on a process server, allows them to drop the papers where they stand , leaving the documents to the elements and placing the responsibility on you.
In fact, if your place on employment is known, they likely can be served there as well.
When all else fails, the papers can served through publication, likely giving you no notice to defend yourself.
If someone comes knocking at your door, open it and accept the documents. It’s not always bad news and it is one step closer to an end.