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The Best of Both: Cooperation between Investigators and Process Servers    


In the accompanying article, I explained the difference between investigators and process servers and highlighted the important contributions both make to the attorney-clients they serve. Here is a case study describing an effective litigation effort, corroborating the services of a private investigator and a process server.


An attorney attempted to obtain service on defendants in a crash case. A young man from the Northeast was involved in a serious crash in Florida while driving a SUV registered to an elderly man in the Midwest. The process server there had been unable to locate the elderly owner of the vehicle. The resident of the address where the vehicle was registered claimed that the owner was suffering from Alzheimer's and was living at an unknown location. CLI was called in to locate the elderly defendant.


We were able to uncover a more recent address for the vehicle registration than the address on the crash report. We then contacted an experienced investigator who worked in that region. He traveled to the developed address and made contact with a relative of the elderly driver. She explained that the man
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Investigators and Process Servers: What's the Difference?    


Many professionals provide services to attorneys, both as licensed investigators and certified process servers. I count many of these individuals as friends and respect their talents and abilities.


In this article I will identify distinct differences between the two services and the professionals who render them. These differences are not distinctions based on character and capability, but distinctions based on assignments and economics.


A civil process server is a professional charged with delivering summons, subpoenas, and other process run in civil actions throughout the state.1 In the course of this work, process servers conduct efforts to locate witnesses or defendants to effect lawful service. This may consist of conducting cursory interviews of neighbors, family members, employers (if known or developed), or associates, in order to determine the subject's current whereabouts.


Process servers who are licensed investigators may have access to proprietary databases, which they may use to conduct routine "skip tracing" investigations. These databases provide information about real property, vehicle registrations, and family and associate contact information.


These tasks are conducted for a singular objective: the effectual service of process on the named witness or defendant. This sole objective is consistent with how process servers... Read More 



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