Process Serving rules vary from state to state and it is important to know what is considered “good service.” In the state of Maryland, serving court documents can generally be accomplished in one of the following ways: Deputy Sheriff; Private Process Server; a citizen over 18 years old who is not a party to the case; or via Certified Mail with Restricted Delivery. If the party being served is willing to accept service, then Certified Mail may be the easiest and most affordable method. However, there are a plethora of reasons the Certified Mail method will not be an effective or reliable option; therefore, hand-delivered personal service will likely be ideal.
Evasion of Service
What happens if someone is evading service of process or a person’s whereabouts are unknown? A person may incorrectly assume that the lawsuit can’t move forward if service can’t be completed. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If a person is evading, they may successfully delay the process slightly, but odds are they won’t prevent eventual service and won’t stop the case from proceeding. It will be necessary to utilize a competent private process server, which is someone who is generally a licensed private investigator as well, so that every effort is made to complete the service correctly. Then if service still could not be completed, the process server will need to demonstrate their due diligence by documenting each attempt and any other investigative efforts in an affidavit. Sufficient due diligence in service efforts is important, and what those efforts entail is going to vary based on the situation.
The following is just one example of proper due diligence:
The value of Loss Prevention for every type of Business
What comes to mind when you think of Loss Prevention or the other various titles such as Asset Protection, Store Detective, etc. which encompass that role? Maybe it is the young college age guy sporting a polo and jeans who is chasing the shoplifter out of the local Walmart to proudly recover some merchandise for the store. Or perhaps you envision Loss Prevention as the man or woman from corporate who only shows up when an employee is about to get fired for stealing $40 out of the register. While those stereotypes have truth to them and fall under the Loss Prevention umbrella, the full value of the role exceeds far beyond that in many capacities specific to the business needs. Generally, Loss Prevention is a function of developing a program which includes policies, procedures and best practices for the purpose of reducing or preventing loss to the business.
Private Investigator Use
The thought of hiring a Private Investigator regarding a family matter may be something you never imagined would be necessary. The reality is surveillance and/or special research may prove to be valuable or simply a smart proactive decision. After all, knowledge is power!
The purpose of family investigations is for a third-party professional to observe and document activities on your behalf. The goal is to obtain factual and truthful information for the client. In some cases, the investigator can be utilized to provide court testimony on their findings. There is a wide range of family scenarios where surveillance or other investigative techniques are needed and the following are some examples.