It is not uncommon for people to avoid service of process in California. For instance, some individuals will hide out on private property, or change their appearance to avoid being served.
Fortunately, even if a person avoids a process server, the court will not give up. A process server may utilize non-traditional serving techniques to make sure a person receives notice of the pending cause of action asserted against him or her. Read on to learn more about the different ways service of process may be rendered on an evasive party.
Service of Process by Mail
In lieu of personal service, a server may render service of process by mail in California. If the process server knows the last known address of the named defendant to be served, the court summons and complaint can be sent by certified mail to such address. A person over the age of 18 will be required to sign for the court documents.
Substituted Service of Process
Substituted service of process usually occurs when there have been several attempts made to personally serve a named defendant in a lawsuit. Substituted process service allows the server to leave the court summons and complaint with someone at the defendant’s home or work. Thus, it is pointless to avoid service of process when the server knows your home or work address. You may eventually be served by substituted service.
Drop service usually occurs when a named defendant does not want to accept the court documents. Usually the server will place the documents within the immediate reach of the party being served. Most courts throughout California will deem this service as proper.
Service of Process by Publication
Service of process may also be rendered by publication. The court must grant permission to allow for service by publication. A notice of the pending lawsuit against a designated party will be described in the publication and circulated for a set period of time.
The methods above are just some of the ways service of process may be rendered upon an evasive party. Contact Direct Legal Support, Inc. for your process serving needs. Direct Legal Support, Inc. can serve any paper or any legal document anywhere in the United States. If you need assistance, contact us today. If you found this article informative, please feel free to share with others.