When someone is looking to sue you, obtain child support, divorce you or a number of other medical issues, they may hire a process server to attempt to deliver the papers to you. A process server is capable of tracking you down and serving papers in a legal manner. If you are aware that someone is seeking to serve you, you may take steps to avoid the process server in attempt to dodge the bullet. Some people erroneously think they can avoid being sued if they are not served papers but this is false. If you avoid a process server, it simply makes the process of bringing legal action against you more difficult – but it does not mean that the plaintiff cannot proceed.
If someone tries to sue you and can provide evidence to the judge that they have made reasonable attempts to serve you but have been unsuccessful, the judge may offer them other options to serve you.
A judge may allow the papers to be left at your residence or business with any person over the age of 18 or allow the summons to be mailed to your business address or home via certified mail. If either of these methods fail, the person suing you may be allowed to post notices in local periodicals.
You can run, but you cannot hide. A process server will not only make one attempt to reach you. Rather than coming to your house at a time of your choosing, the server will keep making attempts at times when they think you will be home – or at work. Nobody wants to be called to their supervisor’s office to be served papers.
Another problem you face by avoiding a process server is that you will not know the details about the case you are involved in. The best way to find out details is to agree to receive the papers.
Furthermore, if you fail to answer the phone or agree to meet, your refusal will be documented on an affidavit that is turned into the judge. The judge will then know you were uncooperative with the server’s attempts to notify you of the case details, which will not suit you well on the trial date.