5 Ways To Avoid A Visit From The Process Server
A visit from a process server is never a positive event. Process servers deliver all kinds of court summons and orders, from bankruptcy petitions to divorce papers and breaks in tenancy agreements. Once you’ve been issued a summons or notice, there is usually nothing to be done, apart from appear in court on the scheduled date to face the proceedings. However, if you haven’t been issued a summons yet, there are some things to bear in mind to help any problems from escalating…
Avoid A Visit From The Process Server
- Pay your bills on time. One simple way to avoid a summons from a landlord, the government, and many other debt collection agencies is to be sure to always pay any and all bills that you have on time. This includes your rent or mortgage, car payments, utilities, and anything else that you have as a scheduled payment.
- Be aware of the restraints of a lease agreement before you sign it. Breaking a lease or rental agreement can lead to a summons from your landlord to go to court and a visit from the process server. That’s why it’s important that you review all aspects of a lease agreement prior to signing it. If you are worried that you may have to move out before your lease is up, do not sign the lease unless you are prepared to pay for the remaining months that you signed on for. Otherwise, you may receive a visit from a process server courtesy of your now ex-landlord.
- If you are unable to pay your child support, communicate that as soon as possible. Failure to pay child support can lead to a visit from a process server with a court summons. To avoid this, if you are worried that you won’t be able to afford the payments, it’s important to communicate that to the judge as soon as possible to see what can be done to adjust payments.
- If you are already involved legal proceedings, stay on top of court dates and responsibilities. Regardless of the nature of a legal proceeding, it’s important to be aware of any court dates, deadlines for paperwork and the like. This way, you won’t be late getting something in or missing an important date. Either could lead to an additional summons or notice to appear in court, and you may be hit with fines or other punishments.
- Be civil. Whether you are facing a divorce or making custody arrangements, it can never hurt to be civil. Arguing, acting out, and getting angry can only make an already painful situation worse, and may lead the other person or people involved to seek further action, which can in turn lead to a summons to appear in court and a subsequent visit from the process server.