When a law firm or pro se litigant is seeking to employ an independent process server or serving firm with several servers, there are some factors that should be considered. The first consideration is to find a server who can provide quality and timely service. This means that the server has the latest technology in order to maintain the highest quality of service while, at the same time, keeping costs down. Because of the rising cost of gasoline, many servers are utilizing advanced technology in order to maintain reasonable prices. Some of these suggested technologies are the GPS navigation systems, mobile Internet, fax to email capabilities, cell phones, national databases for skip tracing, and online tracking of documents. The Internet has created the “Age of Instantaneous Communication,” and it is imperative that the consumer in need of service of process utilize those servers who can not only deliver the requested legal documentation, but who can also provide the required proof of such service in a timely manner and an online record of tracking of documents relative to each case.
Attorneys and litigants can ultimately get a better bang for their buck by securing the services of a professional process serving firm. If the client selects a private becoming a process server instead of a firm, he’ll sometimes save a few dollars on the first few papers; however, the service level that he’ll receive will be markedly decreased. Attorneys who choose to secure an independent process server also run the risk of not having the server available to meet all of the attorney’s needs. No matter how reliable the server may be, he can not provide the emergency availability of service that is offered by a firm that utilizes the modern tools of the trade and has several process servers at their disposal. If an independent private contractor is not available for the emergency delivery of a subpoena, a pick up for emergency filing; a detailed skip trace on a hard to find plaintiff; how can he meet the client’s needs? Most independent servers must be on the road serving instead of concentrating on all the needs of the client. A licensed, certified and bonded process serving firm may be your best choice, in order to ensure the timely and professional operation of your business. A full service litigation support firm can free up your personnel’s time in order for your firm to utilize them better.
Imagine utilizing a server that offers mobile offices so that priority business can be handled immediately. With this option, a subpoena that has to be served today can be faxed directly to the server in the field and served within minutes or hours instead of days. By utilizing the latest technologies, the server and client receive faster more accurate information with less time spent on tracking each step of the process. With the availability of online tracking, the client no longer has to track down the server for status. On press of a button pulls up all needed information and is done at the clients convenience, not the servers.
Suppose you employ a local service of process firm that can meet all your identifiable needs but you need a subpoena served on a gentleman who is employed as a baggage inspector at Dallas International Airport. Can your server provide out-of-state service? The answer should be an emphatic yes. Process servers can deliver legal documents to individuals involved in various forms of litigation locally,