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3 Tips for Serving Defendants at Work

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By George Khoury, Esq. on October 18, 2018 4:04 PM

Sometimes service of process can be tricky. But if you know where a defendant works, you can certainly improve your odds of serving an evader by trying to find them there.

It worked for one guy who was having trouble serving his city councilman who had blocked him on social media. And surprisingly, while the councilman blasted the lawsuit as frivolous, he settled it rather quickly.

Below, you can read a few tips when it comes to having your process server perfect service on a defendant at their workplace.

Getting Past Company Barriers

There are certainly very real potential roadblocks related to serving a defendant at work, such as getting past security, or reception, or figuring out exactly where the defendant works within a building.

However, for the most part, there is an easy way around getting through the door. A process server, if provided a good description or photo, and working hours, can serve individuals on their way into or out of work. Even better, maybe, if there's an open parking lot and description of the defendant's car, a process server can just wait by the defendant's car.

Using Company Resources

While being deceptive in perfecting service is generally frowned upon, process servers can often get away with using a company's own reception to have the defendant called up to receive a "personal delivery." 

Send the Sheriff to Work

When hiring process servers, some attorneys forget that the local sheriffs may offer that service for a fee. And sending a uniformed sheriff to a workplace to serve legal documents might be the surest way to ensure that an employer doesn't help their employee evade service.

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