Best 15 Private Process Servers in Richmond, VA with Reviews - YP.com

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07/29/2016
By: S R.
Hester Process Svc Inc
The folks at Hester Process Service have been very cordial, friendly and easy to deal with. When my papers they were to serve me hadn't arrived as intended, they called to notify me rather than keep me in limbo. I was impressed by this courtesy.While nobody wants to hear "you're being served", the truth of it is they are actually trying to help you. The docs they are serving have been recorded with the court and whether you accept service or run and hide, the judicial clock is running and you could easily end up in default without a chance to defend. Remember, the folks at Hester are not the bad guys and should not be treated as such. They are merely the messenger, doing their job, just like any of us.
Tips & Advices
Skip tracing is tracking an individual who is missing, has defaulted on a debt, or is a fugitive from justice.
Process servers can cross state lines to serve papers, but there are exceptions and limitations. In cases of criminal activity in which the defendant is out of the state the complaint was filed in, most times it is legal to serve them. However, in some cases where a witness is being served outside of the state the complaint was filed in, the plaintiff may need to file charges in the witness’ state in order to allow service. The laws can be tricky in these situations so it’s recommended you consult council to know your rights and limitations and the state laws when attempting service across state lines.
While rules can vary by location, a general rule is that papers must be served between  6 a.m.-10 p.m, and they cannot be served on Saturday or Sunday if the defendant observes either as a holy day. Serving papers on these days, if the defendant is religiously observant on either day, can actually be a misdemeanor. There are variations and exceptions to these rules, such as the case being a criminal proceeding or the server is granted an exemption due to extenuating circumstances.
While some states do require a process server to be licensed, not all do. However, some states do require that process servers be registered in their state or county, or appointed to serve in specific counties.
Benefits of hiring a process serve include speed of service, servers knowledge of relevant laws, their ability to serve federal papers (sheriffs and deputies are usually only allowed to serve state and local federal papers), and cost. For instance, private servers might be cheaper than a sheriff. Private servers might also be able to accommodate special requests, like high-risk service or traveling to serve the papers.

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