Although not all private investigation firms offer a professional process service, the ones that do, such as ours, have a serious advantage over a typical process server.

Most people will go through the motions of attempting to serve papers at a defendant’s last known address, and occasionally they will attempt to serve legal papers at the defendant’s last know place of work. However, this is usually as far as it goes.

If a defendant is attempting to evade being served papers, they can often succeed unless an experienced process server with a range of skills and experience is on their trail. That’s where a private investigator with this type of experience comes into play.

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We can locate individuals who have seemingly disappeared.

If you are looking for someone specific, but the information you have on the individual is not current, we can still locate an individual. It is not uncommon for the need to serve legal papers on someone whose whereabouts are completely unknown. Too much time may have gone by since the last known address of the person. An attorney’s best solution in this situation is a private investigation firm. We routinely locate people across the entire country for a variety of reasons; process serving is no different. Even if the defendant is currently incarcerated or has died, we can find this information for you.

We can locate the defendant’s new residence.

One way that a defendant will attempt to evade being served is to simply move without leaving a forwarding address. Although this may make finding the defendant near impossible for an attorney, locating people is something we do every day. We have various techniques that can be used to discover where a person is living, even when there is no official address for the individual. Through a combination of data that most people do not have access to and the ability to interview people, we can find out where an individual is staying, even without an official address.

We know the tricks that those evading service use.

Even when you know where a defendant is living and working, they may go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being served. However, if we are certain a person is home or even at work, we know the exact techniques that work to get them served. By knowing every trick people use to avoid detection and being vigilant in our efforts, we can predict what the defendant will try and implement counter measures to deliver the legal papers to them.

Our services are done by the law.

We have knowledge of the law as it directly relates to process service and have the experience to do the work in a strict legal fashion. Using the services of a professional private investigative firm such as ours will never jeopardize your client’s case. Even in the most extreme cases of service evasion, our thorough documentation of service attempts will help strengthen your case.

If you are attempting to serve a defendant legal documents and are having trouble doing so, give us a call and let us know the problem you are having. In all likelihood, we will be able to serve legal papers on the defendant, even when regular process servers have been unable to do so. As a private investigation firm, we take process serving to another level.

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Bruce Robertson

Bruce Robertson is a private investigator and founder of Tristar Investigation, California’s premiere detective agency. Bruce is also a media commentator for the investigation industry, featured in the New York Times, CNN, History Channel, MSNBC, Los Angeles Times and many more. You can find him on Google+ LinkedIn and YouTube.