Any legal proceeding can only get so far until service of process has been completed. Prompt and accurate process service is essential in making sure that all parties involved in legal proceedings have been served the proper legal documents to protect their due process rights. Hiring an experienced process server is the best way to ensure that legal documents are delivered to the intended recipients without error.
There are two common errors experienced with service of process in NJ amongst less skilled process servers: serving the wrong person and not verifying the delivery.
Serving legal documents to the wrong person can be detrimental to the legal proceedings. Obviously this is a grave error in the business of process service. And yes, it does happen from time to time. An unskilled process server may deliver documents to an individual with the same name or a name that is similar. They may not be up-to-date on changes of address. Ensuring the individual that you are delivering documents to is the individual that those documents are intended to reach is essential.
In the event that legal documents are delivered to the wrong individual your court case will suffer unfortunate setbacks. Your service may be contested and the case forced to restart. These delays can be incredibly stressful.
Failure to verify a delivery is the second most common error amongst novice process servers or process servers that are trying to cut corners.
The process server must visually confirm that the person they are serving is the individual the legal documents are intended for. Without a clear visual the service cannot and should not be completed or verified.
Proper filling out and filing of the Affidavit of Service is also essential to verifying service. This document is evidence that the documents were delivered in a timely manner using the appropriate methods and is unfortunately forgotten by the novice or ignored by the careless.
Ultimately it is important to hire a process server that has the experience and training to avoid messy mistakes. J & K Investigative Services, Inc. has spent more that 40 years properly serving process throughout New Jersey, the United States, and the World.