What Happens If I Avoid A Process Server?

Original Post: 07/31/2017

A man in a suit hands off legal documents to serve a process.If you are looking to sue someone, divorce them, obtain child support, or many other legal issues, you may attempt to have the papers served to them. A process server can be hired to track them down and serve the papers to them in a legal manner.

However, if they are aware that someone is looking for them, they may go out of their way to avoid the process server. You may think that they can avoid being sued if they cannot be served by a process server, but this is not true. 

Keep reading this article to learn more about serving processes and what happens when someone tries to avoid being served.

What is Process Serving?

There are many documents that need to be delivered to relevant people during legal proceedings, for both in- and out-of-court cases. However, people do their best work when they can focus on their most important task. Finding someone and delivering papers to them is a task all on its own and would make an attorney's job that much more time consuming if they had to do it themselves. 

So process servers step in to help. Process Servers are the people who help file and serve legal documents and then take note of the retrieval of documents. 

What Happens if Someone Avoids a Process Server?

If you avoid a process server, it does make the process of suing you a bit more challenging for the person bringing legal action against you. But it does not mean that they cannot proceed. If the person trying to sue you can prove to the judge that they have made a reasonable attempt to serve you and have been unable to do so, a judge may give them a few other options to serve you. 

What Can a Judge Do if I Avoid Being Served?

If they are avoiding a process server, a judge may allow the papers to be left at their home or business with any competent person over the age of 18. A judge may also allow the summons to be mailed to their home or business address via certified mail. If either of these methods fail, the judge may allow you to take legal action against them to post notices in local newspapers.

Work with an Experienced Team to Ensure Your Papers Get Served

There is a myth that legal action cannot be taken against you if you avoid a process server. This is not true. It simply puts off the inevitable and drags it out a bit longer. As such, you have nothing to gain by avoiding being served.

Working with a professional team like Same Day Process Service can help you get your papers served right away. We have more than 20 years of experience in getting your documents delivered legally in a timely manner. Contact us today to discuss your needs.

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