Face the Music – Process Servers & Local Band OE-2-KB

There is no good time to be served a lawsuit, but some moments are better than others.  You do not want to be out on a date, listening to a local band and receive service of process.  The best time to face the music starts when the process server first appears. Service of Process is personal delivery of notice that a lawsuit is filed against you, and an invitation for you to respond.  It is the court’s way of gaining jurisdiction over a matter and making sure that everyone involved is informed. While it may not be good news for you, it is better than no news.  Nobody wants a surprise lawsuit with no chance at defense.  Furthermore, the faster you address the issue, the sooner it can start to be resolved. If you owe money, probably you know it is coming.  You can control the scene by accepting Service of Process at your door, instead of at a time and place inconvenient to your schedule and dignity.  The sooner you face the music, the sooner the song can be played out, and you can avoid an awkward encounter elsewhere. For a fun way to face the music, come see […] Read More

Social Media & Service of Process

FaceBook, Twitter, and your LinkedIn account—these are the latest tools for Process Servers to know where you are and when.  Let us say you have not made a mortgage payment in a long time.  You get restless hiding in the dark, listening to that guy in a suit knocking on the door, so you slip out the back and head down to the gym for a little workout.  Post it on your FaceBook page so your friends can join you, and next thing you know, the guy in the suit is there too…but not to work out. Service of Process is personal delivery of notice that a lawsuit is filed against you, and an invitation for you to answer.  At a time when doctors no longer make house calls, lawyers have legal documents hand-delivered via sheriff’s deputies or authorized Process Servers. A Process Server is there to deliver a notice so you may be informed of legal actions against you.  The better informed you are, the better able you are to act.  There is no good time to receive a lawsuit, but hiding from a Process Server is a poor defense.  (Process Servers are creative people and tech-savvy to use […] Read More

The Troll & the Process Server

Once upon a time there was a Troll who lived under a bridge hiding from the Process Server.  The Troll owned a fine house up on the hill, but he had not made a mortgage payment in a while, and instead of facing his financial troubles, he hid under this bridge knowing he was a goner and hoping that the Process Server would never find him. One day a small goat passed over the bridge.  The greedy Troll rushed out and said:  ‘Halt!  This is a Troll bridge and you must pay the Troll!’ ‘Relax, Troll,’ said the goat, ‘I am the littlest of the Billy Goats Gruff.  My brother will be along soon who is bigger than I, and he will pay a much larger sum than I could give you.’ This kind of made sense to the Troll, so he let the little goat pass.  When the next goat came along, he ran out again, but the second goat declared that he was only the middle-sized goat and that the Troll should wait for his much bigger brother who could pay a much bigger sum.  So the Troll let the middle-sized goat pass. The Troll very anxiously waited […] Read More

Sheriff’s Surprise – Foreclosure Eviction

Of all the things that can happen to you when you are naked, Foreclosure Eviction is probably not on your list.  Foreclosure is supposed to happen along the lines of due process, and part of that due process is proper Service of Process, by which a homeowner is notified of an impending legal action taken against him.  In other words, somebody comes to your door and gives you a lawsuit, hand delivered. Yes, things can go badly for the homeowner.  Just because the foreclosure case goes according to Hoyle and the court procedure—the homeowner can be properly served, properly heard, properly defended and still lose the house.  Just because you say “please” does not necessarily mean you get your way. The homeowner has rights, however.  Even after the foreclosure sale at the courthouse steps, the homeowner owns the home until the Certificate of Title transfers that ownership to the buyer, which typically takes about ten days after the sale.  The homeowner is once again notified in person prior to the eviction.  This gives everybody a chance to get done what needs to get done, and at least get some pants on. Shoddy message delivery is what made Romeo And Juliette […] Read More