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Private Process Server vs Sheriff Deputies ~ The Debate


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We all are trying to watch our money.  Many of us don’t have the extra cash flow to just throw around, and when it comes to having to obtain an attorney, pending litigation, the cost can be very expensive.

So you have decided to move forward with a law suite.  Your attorney has begun the process through the court system.  Now it is time to have subpoenas served.  Do you use a sheriff deputy or a private process server?  What’s the difference?  Maybe this might help.

SPEED OF SERVICE – Because the sheriff department usually has other duties, it will usually take them a week to several weeks before they can attempt service.  For a process server, they are usually getting the first attempt made within 1-3 days.

SUCCESS RATE –  A sheriff deputy is effective, but in some localities the best they can do sometimes is posting the documents, at the door of a residence.  Unfortunately, sometimes the person that is being served, has vacated the last known residence.  The sheriff deputies don’t have a lot of time to track someone down, so the service has not been completed.  With a process server, they will try to find out more details as to where the person has gone.  When a service becomes difficult, the process server is more apt to take it to the next level to get the service completed.

CUSTOMER SERVICE – The success rate also brings us to customer service.  A process server knows that they can be replaced, so customer service is great.  Most process servers will build a rapport with the attorneys, which leads to trust. 

KNOWLEDGE – Sheriff deputies have a great knowledge of laws, but when it comes to process service, a process server is well versed in what makes an effective service, what is required for the different issues at hand.  Process servers may be licensed private investigators, or certified process servers.scales_of_justice

COST – The sheriff deputy tends to be less expensive versus a process server.  However, because of the above mentioned factors, paying a little more for a service that is effective, and completed correctly, just may be worth it.

Trust, honesty, integrity are solid qualities in a process server.  Remember, they are dealing with sensitive information and the last thing that is needed is having ones personal information out there in the public.  

Each state is different, and several require process servers to be licensed.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a process server needs to be over the age of 18 and who is not a party or otherwise interested in the subject matter in controversy.

At SCS Safety Health & Security Associates, all of our process servers are Certified Process Servers through The National Association Of Investigative Specialists.  Our process servers are either licensed private investigators, retired security guards  or retired police officers.  We are a licensed and insured company.  

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