What factors should you consider before hiring a registered process server? Should you research their qualifications? How do you know if they are competent and reliable?
One of many judgment articles: I am a judgment broker, not a lawyer, and this article is my opinion based on my experience in California, please consult with a lawyer if you need legal advice. Here are four things to consider when you hire a process server:
1) Hire a reliable and registered process service company. In California; anyone that serves more than ten legal papers a year, must live within the state, and be registered in the county that they serve papers in. California requires registered process servers to post a $2,000 bond (or a cash deposit); and in some counties, to also carry insurance.
You will want to hire an experienced, professional, and registered process server; who is licensed, registered, bonded, and insured. In California, look for process servers having CCPS registration and/or a CALSPro certification.
2) It is worth paying more, for a professional and registered process server known to the courts, that will perform a rock solid proof of service. If price is a concern, check their service fees (and track records) for serving legal papers. If your defendant or debtor is sneaky, expect to possibly pay more.
3) View any references and testimonials with some skepticism, because they represent a tiny percentage of the easiest process serves having the best results. Sometimes, the best advertising comes from word of mouth, however your mileage may vary.
4) Consider picking a company having at least a few employees. Such companies are more likely to have better tools and data subscriptions, which increase the chances of a quick and successful serve.
Usually, each attempted process serve will cost you money. The cost of a process serve depends on the location of where the service is to be performed, how many attempts were made to successfully serve the documents, how fast they need to be served, and the total number of documents to be served.