You are probably already familiar with what a process server does. He or she is the person responsible for delivering court documents to someone who may be a witness for, or a party to, a lawsuit, court proceeding, or any number of legal matters. Process servers’ first and foremost duty is to ensure that the intended recipient of a particular document is officially notified of the pending matter involving him or her, so he or she will have ample opportunity to take appropriate action.
Since process servers typically locate those they serve at home or at work, where they are likely to be at certain hours, some folks can’t help but wonder if they will call prior to their arrival. Unfortunately, when it comes to process serving in Baton Rouge, there is no distinct answer to this question. The circumstances depend on the unique factors involved in the case, as well as the matter’s jurisdiction.
More Often, the Answer Is No
As anyone familiar with the task of process serving is undoubtedly aware, it is usually a prolonged game of cat and mouse. Many would-be servees erroneously feel that avoiding service of process means that any action against them will simply disappear. That means that process servers are constantly concerned with would-be recipients evading and avoiding their attempts at serving process. Giving such folks a call will only provide them with a heads-up to hide, not answer the door, or ensure that they are not home.
Sometimes, the Answer Is Yes
However, there are some cases where a Lafayette, Louisiana process server will give you a courtesy ring, probably from a blocked number, before gracing you with his or her presence, but it is not likely. A process server typically will only do this in matters that are not as contentious as the standard lawsuit, such as the delivery of a subpoena to someone that doesn’t mind testifying. This is usually done simply so the process server can verify the recipient’s identity and address, or to schedule a mutually-convenient time for service of process. After all, if there is no reason to incorporate the element of surprise, there is also no reason for the process server to waste time by driving out to the recipient’s address for nothing.
Sometimes, It Isn’t a Process Server At All
That said, remember, just because legitimate servers may call you, that doesn’t mean that every person calling you and claiming to be a process server is legitimate. Scammers have been known to pretend to be Metairie, Louisiana process servers claiming that they are in possession of documents threatening an impending lawsuit. They will give you a chance to solve the matter over the phone or in person, but such “debts” they say you owe are actually non-existent money grabs. Truthfully, process servers do not read legal papers due to privacy laws and they also have no sway with the court if you owe a debt. Don’t fall for it!
Lastly, the rules, regulations, and laws regarding service of process vary significantly between states, and even jurisdictions within states. For example, some areas will require numerous attempts at personal service of process before alternative methods, such as calling ahead, can be used. Yet, most of the time, it comes down to the process server’s own discretion. And, having a solid understanding of the matter beforehand certainly makes that decision easier.