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If anyone is looking to sue you, obtain child support, divorce you, or take any other legal action against you, they may be making an effort to have the papers served on you. A private process server can be hired to serve the documents on you legally and track you down. On the other hand, you may go out of your way to avoid the process server, if you know that someone is looking to serve you. You may think you can avoid being sued if you cannot be served by a private process server near me, but this is not true.
Avoiding a process server in court or public makes the suing process a bit more challenging for the person bringing legal action against you. But it cannot stop the proceedings. If the person trying to sue you prove to the judge that they have made many attempts to serve you but couldn’t do so, a judge may provide a few other options for them to serve you.
- The judge may allow the papers to be left at your business or home with any competent person over 18 if you avoid the private process server.
- The judge may allow the summons to be mailed to your home or business address via certified mail.
- If either of these methods fails, the judge may permit the person looking to take legal action against you to post notices in local newspapers.
There is a myth that legal action cannot be taken against you if you avoid an independent process server. This myth is not true. It merely puts off the inevitable and drags it out a bit longer. As such, you have nothing to gain by avoiding being served.