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Trust Adelaide Security & Investigations to deliver your legal documents.

If you’re involved in a dispute with another person or organisation, you may decide to take legal action to enforce your rights. Initiating legal action can be daunting, especially understanding how to apply to the court, what documents must be lodged, and all the legal terminology.

Common terms you’ll come across when lodging legal documents to the court will include:

Parties – the people (or organisations) involved in a court case.
Applicant / Plaintiff – the person seeking legal action and filing with the court. This will be you if you are the person serving legal documents.
Respondent / Defendant – the person who will receive the documents.
Process server – an independent person who serves court documents to the Respondent on behalf of the Applicant.

Who should use a process server?

Anyone who finds themselves needing to take legal action against another person or organisation can use a process server.

Business owners or individuals chasing bad debts.
Spouses wishing to serve a divorce application, or other matters of family law.
Landlords or tenants seeking legal action in property disputes.
Class actions by multiple people against a group or organisation.

The sort of documents our clients might ask us to serve include:

Divorce papers
Civil actions
Final demand letters
Statutory demands
Bankruptcy notices
Landlord and tenant notices
Initiating applications

In many cases, should you win your case against the respondent, the costs associated with using professional process serving services may be awarded to you. However, we advise anyone considering legal action to seek independent legal advice before proceeding.

Here are some common questions

What is the best way to serve someone legal papers?

Serving papers to an individual requires them to be physically handed to that person. Your court documents must be served by an independent party – someone not involved in the dispute. Significant others, or those with an immediate family relationship, cannot serve papers to each other.

It’s possible to ask a neutral third party to serve papers on your behalf, but friends or associates may not want to become involved with the matters at this stage. This is when seeking the services of an industry professional is advisable.

As experienced process servers, ASI works on behalf of our clients to promptly and professionally serve legal documentation. We understand the unique challenges involved and the process serving rules and regulations that must be followed.

In cases where the Respondent makes serving papers difficult, we can use surveillance techniques to find them at different known addresses and catch them unawares. We generally start with the Respondent’s last known address for service and a recent photo if possible. This helps us to correctly identify them.

However, if the Respondent can’t be located, we will use skip tracing to locate them and serve them. This involves deeper investigation into their background and movements to track them down.

What happens if a person refuses to be served papers?

Once the documents have been received, the respondent must attend court in accordance with the instructions within those documents.

It’s not unusual for people to try to avoid being served legal documents. They might flat out refuse to accept the documents, or deny their identity. This is why a recent photo of the Respondent is requested to help confirm who they are.If they refuse to accept the documents, they must be told what the documents are, at which point they can be left in the presence of the Respondent.

In the event the Respondent can’t be found, you will still have legal rights to take action against them. Simply avoiding the matter won’t make it go away, and often makes it worse for the other party.

An experienced, independent process serving agency knows how to deal with people who try to avoid being served. ASI Services was founded by a former South Australian police officer who understands the legal system and what people might do to prevent or delay action against them.

Using a licensed and insured process server can help you avoid additional time, cost and frustration. They will know the best ways to find and serve people who might be difficult to find, or emotionally distressed.

How to prove that someone has been served?

In order for your legal action to proceed, it’s important to prove that your Respondent has been served. The court will require you to submit an Affidavit of Service to confirm the other party has been notified of legal action against them.

This document, which must be witnessed and signed, verifies:

• The identity of the Respondent
• A list of the documents served
• The date and time they were served
• How they were served (by hand, certified post, etc.)
• Any other relevant information.

If the other party can’t be located, this document can establish the steps taken to serve them.

How to locate people that may be trying to avoid being served?

ASI provide skip tracing services to locate people that may be trying to avoid being served. Our experienced agents all have experience in law enforcement, military or other relevant tracking and surveillance work.

Contact us for a private and confidential conversation.

We handle all matters professionally and discreetly.

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