The Lawyers’ “Golden Rule” for Sheriffs’, and Private, Process Servers

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By on March 21, 2014 11:07 am 1 Comment

Personal injury, family law, and civil dispute lawyers often have to file lawsuits and serve papers on opposing parties.

Here is a simple rule every lawyer should remember:

Provide to the person serving the paper, the critical information he or she needs:

1. A valid physical address;
2. Directions to the residence;
3. Information about the person’s employment;
4. Home, cell, and work phone numbers;
5. Tips as to when that person may be available, work schedule, and personal habits (the local pub, etc.).
6. A WARNING if that person has a history of violence.

In short, do unto that process server as you would have him/her do unto you if you had that job. You will certainly earn the respect of the person serving those papers.

Finally, if you are serving a non-violent spouse or partner, with whom you are going to have to work in mediation or settlement negotiations, perhaps a simple heads up call so the person can call the sheriff and come to the office to pick up the paper him/her/self would be the way to go. Isn’t that what you would want if you were getting sued?

This “golden” rule can save even a self represented party lots of grief.


This post was written by Burton Hunter

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