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What Is Skip Tracing?

  • August 24, 2011
  • by ServeNow Staff

Skip Tracing

Skip Tracing

Proceeding with a court action can be difficult when the party to be served with papers has disappeared. People can move, change their phone numbers, get married and use different names. It can be almost impossible to find out where they are. One of the benefits of working with process servers is that they are also skip trace professionals. Along with serving papers, they also find those on whom papers must be served.

You can try to locate a missing person yourself, but it can involve a lot of time, money and legwork. It can mean visits to libraries to check phone books and trips to the courthouse to research public records. Free Internet search services can occasionally be helpful, but the best services will cost you a fee.

Skip tracing involves gathering every bit of information about someone to find out where they are. There is generally a trail of facts that can be followed to locate someone so that papers can be served. An experienced process server and skip tracer has access high-tech methodologies, insider information and cutting edge surveillance techniques. The process server can call upon colleagues for assistance.

Another benefit of hiring a process server is that every state has different skip tracing and process serving laws. After someone has been located, the process server is bound to follow the applicable state laws in delivering the court documents. Most states require that legal documents be hand-delivered.

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