Service of Process




In order to give a person appropriate notice of a legal action against them, they must be served. This is called “service of process” and it occurs when a set of court documents are furnished to the person. Every jurisdiction has its own set of rules regarding what constitutes adequate service of process. Generally, a summons (along with other related documents) must be personally served to the person. Sometimes, another person of suitable age at the at the intended recipient’s residence or place of business/employment can be given the papers in place of the person named in the lawsuit. Once served, the person has officially been given notice of the case and the litigation will be considered by the court to have been initiated.


There are some people who go out of their way to avoid service. These people require professionals like us who are familiar with the kinds of subterfuge and trickery employed by process evaders. Additionally, some people try to fall off the grid altogether to avoid facing the lawsuit against them. However, with our experience in locating witnesses and lost heirs, we are able to locate and serve most people trying to hide form process service. It may take a little time, and a lot of ingenuity, but we eventually find the vast majority of them.


No matter the type of legal documents someone is trying to avoid, whether the case involves a divorce, small claims action, or any other civil action, we can assist you. Even if a professional process server has tried and failed, we have found that the resources and techniques that we have and employ enable us to complete very difficult service of process cases. Sometimes, dealing professionally with people who are avoiding service of process in Arizona, can be quite dangerous. This is another reason we advise you bring any difficult service of process to us. On top of being licensed process servers, we are licensed private investigators, and have working relationships with law enforcement agencies and are familiar with all of the ins and outs of how service can be efficiently effectuated. We know the west like the back of our hands and you’ll be hard-pressed to name a town we haven’t traversed at least once during our careers.


We have been known to stake out locations, discover certain subjects’ routines and accomplish service of process when many others have failed. We employ disguises and many other techniques that are legal but require extra effort. We also utilize the same skills we use in our investigations: old-fashioned inductive and deductive reasoning, logic, vast computer (including social media) research, communication with people familiar with the subject, as well as with law enforcement and governmental agencies, and creativity.

There are other ways we approach a difficult service of process which help us succeed when other investigators and process servers in Arizona have failed. These include thorough planning, research and preparation. We learn everything possible, while staying under budget, about our subjects (including vehicle ownership, aliases, employment information, to name a few) to find and serve them. By searching public records, Internet databases, and talking with people like neighbors, old friends and acquaintances, we are able to put together a complete picture of the person that needs to be served. This picture helps us map out and locate the subject. Then, it’s only a matter of patience and ingenuity, combined with our experience serving process, before we find ourselves handing the legal papers to the reluctant recipient.


To be clear, maintaining our adherence to a strict code of ethics is paramount, even with difficult service of process cases. We never represent ourselves as law enforcement or use any other falsified credentials. We also maintain confidentiality with individuals who have no right or need to know what we’re doing. And we never obtain information that is protected by law.

If you’re looking to serve a difficult subject, who has successfully evaded process servers and/or other investigators, we strongly encourage you to give us the job. Our vast experience is that of getting the job none and the papers served. To get started, please contact us to help by clicking on the “Submit a Case” button at the top of the page, or by calling 800.729.0311 now.