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Process Server in Mustang, Oklahoma FAQs

A process server in Mustang, OK from a private investigation agency can prove to be extremely helpful in some of life’s most difficult and stressful situations. In fact, many people do not even know what he/she is or where to find one until the individual finds herself/himself/themselves in a dire legal situation that necessitates the hiring one. Some of these types of instances when it is necessary to hire a process server are as follows:

  • A Process Server Can Help Handle Divorce Cases
  • He/ She Can Assist With the Service of Process of Child Custody Paperwork.
  • Have a Civil Rights Lawsuit? Let a Licensed Individual Serve the Offending Side.
  • Are You a Landlord/Property Owner Needing to Evict Tenants from a Residence or Office Location? Our Private Investigation Agency has Just the Right Person for You! 
  • If You Need an Expert to Serve Subpoenas for Testimony, Then You Have Come to the Right Place!
  • Have a Small Claims Court Case That Requires Judicial Attention? They Can Assist You!
  • Need a Cease-and-Desist Letter Served Upon an Individual? Contact One Today.
  • Some People and Companies Need Letters of Termination/Notices of Non-Renewal of Jobs/Property Served Upon Others by Those who Specialize in This! 
  • Anything Else You Need Served by Them is Something We Can Help You With!

Basically, anything any of our clients need to be served is something that they can assist with. Want more information about something you want to be served? Just call or email us today

Dr. Makayla Saramosing and Mrs. Vivien Keefe, the owners of our private investigation agency in Mustang, have put together some process servers in Mustang, Oklahoma FAQS to help answer any questions that our clients might have. These FAQ are as follow:

What is a process server?

He/ She is an individual licensed by the State of Oklahoma vis-à-vis the court clerk’s office to serve legal documents to other individuals. They often serve a variety of court papers and other legal documents, and the State of Oklahoma considers them to be officers of the court for service of process only.

How does someone become a process server at a private investigation agency?

To become one, an applicant must first ensure that she/he/they meet(s) the basic eligibility minimum requirements. The basic requirements are as follows:

  • They must be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • All must not have any felony or certain disqualifying misdemeanor charges or convictions.
  • To become one, everyone must be a resident of Oklahoma.

It is important for people wishing to find such employment to ensure they meet all of the requirements listed above, so she/he/they do(es) not waste her/his/their time and money filling out an Oklahoma process server application.

As part of the application process, each future specialist must complete the following steps:

  1. All must complete a process server license application. The application takes about four (4) or five (5) weeks to complete, so filling out the application while completing the steps below starts the clock on the application process for them.
  2. An applicant must also publish notice of her/his/their application with a legal paper like The Journal Record.
  3. They must also submit two (2) passport-sized photographs. They may obtain these at places like CVS, FedEx Office, or Walgreens.
  1. A future agent also needs to obtain an Oklahoma process server surety bond from an extremely reputable insurance agency like Sherman-Hume in the amount of five thousand ($5,000) dollars.
  2. If the individual is not a citizen of the United States, then she/he/they must provide proof of her/his/their eligibility to legally work in the United States of America.

Each person seeking to work as one will need to submit all the items above to the court clerk in Oklahoma prior to the court date the court clerk set for the judge to consider the approval or denial of your license.

How much money does they typically charge for process serving in Oklahoma?

Most of them charge around eighty-five dollars or more to attempt to serve court papers and other legal documents upon an individual, company, or governmental agency. However, they will almost always increase the prices based upon the following factors:

Extended Traveling Distance to the Person/Company/Governmental Agency:

Some places are super remote and have no right in the area to help with the service of process. If they must travel long distances on multiple occasions to complete the service of process, then you can surely expect additional fees beyond the standard price.

If the Client Needs Extra Attempts Made to Complete Service:

Most will make a certain number of attempts for a set price. They will often make up to four (4) attempts on service at one address for larger/more populated/less- remote areas. However, if you require that they make extra attempts beyond that, then clients must pay an extra process serving fee.

If the Client Requires Expedited/Rush Service:

Some of our clients need documents served as quickly as possible. In these instances, they will expect our clients to pay them more for stopping what they are doing and making their service of process a top priority.

Large Amounts of Document Printing:

Some clients send them large amounts of paperwork to print out. This is perfectly fine, but ink/toner and paper are expensive, and printing large files takes time. Thus, it is only reasonable and prudent for clients to expect to pay extra funds to help compensate for the time and

expenses associated with printing their documents.

If the Client Needs Nationwide Skip Tracing/Defendant Location Services:

Some of our clients have no idea where the person they want our experts to serve resides. In these situations, they are more than happy to try to assist in locating a missing individual or a defendant who is avoiding service of process with our nationwide skip tracing services, but of course, this takes time to complete and costs our clients extra money.

If the Person/Business Owner is Especially Dangerous:

Some clients ask them to serve terribly dangerous clients. As our clients may or may not know, many process servers and sheriffs’ deputies have ended up murdered at the hands of wayward, dangerous defendants. Thus, they might require an extra fee to bring someone along as backup in an emergency if this is the case.

Also, clients have a duty to warn them about dangerous clients beforehand if they have any knowledge of their level of dangerousness. The families of some murdered at the hands of dangerous defendants in lawsuits have sometimes sued lawyers for not warning them in advance.

Waiting and Watching for Defendants to Come/Go:

Sometimes, the people our professionals attempt to avoid service of process, so they can delay or perhaps completely avoid the lawsuit altogether. In these instances where they cannot otherwise get good service upon a defendant/respondent, then our client may ask us to wait and watch for them at their residence and/or place of employment to try to catch them coming or going and thus get them served with the court or other legal documents. Our private investigation agency charges extra hourly fees for having them wait and watch for defendants/respondents.

Asking Our Process Servers at Our Private Investigation Agency

in Mustang to File/Retrieve Documents:

If our clients need them to file or retrieve court documents before serving them, then yes, there is an extra fee. The costs of printing the papers, document filing fees the court needs, document filing/retrieval speed, etc., all factor into the extra costs.

What kinds of clients do they assist?

They typically assist the following types of clients with service of process in Mustang, OK:

  • Attorneys/Law Firms
  • Governmental Agencies (i.e., DHS, DOJ, U.S. Military, Etc.)
  • Businesses
  • Individuals/Private Parties
  • Non-governmental Agencies

If you need one to help you serve court documents, then please contact them today for further assistance.

How do process servers serve court papers?

They serve court papers by completing the following steps:

  1. They must first receive the legal documents to serve upon an individual, business, and/or governmental agency with the name of the defendant/person getting served clearly marked.
  2. They will then determine if the client needs the service of process completed on a rush, semi-rush, or routine basis.
  1. They will then ascertain the address to go to, as well as a picture or physical description of the person/business/governmental agency getting served.
  1. They need to know what manner of service is acceptable. In some states such as Texas, they must serve all documents personally. Indeed, some documents from Oklahoma, such as victim protection orders (VPOs), subpoenas, hearings on assets, and indirect contempt citations are all documents that require personal service by these individuals.

Other documents, such as a petition and summons issued by the State of Oklahoma, are items that they may serve via substitute service at residences. This means that the process server leaves the court/legal documents with someone else who resides at a residence over the age of fifteen-and-a-half (15 ½).

They may also serve some court documents, such as eviction paperwork, via posting the papers on the front door and mailing a copy to the address via certified mail. However, this method of service of process has limitations on its use and often prevents plaintiffs using this method of service from collecting monetary damages from a defendant/respondent.

  1. All must then receive a listing of the documents for service of process, to ensure that there is no misunderstanding between the client and process server in Mustang, OK at a private investigation agency in Mustang, OK.
  1. If there are any other special instructions that the client has for them, such as arranging to meet the defendant/respondent at a particular time, this, too, must be discussed in advance.
  1. It is normally prudent for them to fill out as much of the information on the affidavit of service form as possible, prior to serving the court or other legal documents.
  1. Their approaches the defendant/respondent, stating that she/he/they has/have court documents to serve upon the defendant. It is important that they have a photograph or at least a physical description of the defendant/respondent, if serving an individual, before approaching the residence/office, etc., because she/he/they may try to deny her/his/their identity to make it more difficult for them to serve her/him/them.
  1. If the defendant/respondent denies her/his/their identity and they do not have a photograph or physical description of the individual to use to verify her/his/their identity, then they should attempt the following:
  • They should ask the defendant/respondent to show identification, to verify her/his/their identity.
  • They may also check with the neighbors, postal workers, etc., to see if they know the identity of the individuals living there.
  • They may also attempt to verify the identity of the individuals living inside of a residence or owners of an office building by contacting the Oklahoma County Treasurer’s Office or other local county treasurer’s office in the area where the property is located.
  • Without physically touching the mail at the home or office of the defendant/respondent, they may legally open the mailbox and peek at the mail to see if the name of the defendant/respondent is listed on it.
  • If all of the above fails, they may also offer to run a nationwide skip trace on the defendant/respondent for an additional fee, in order to try to find out where the defendant/respondent lives and/or works.
  1. Once the agent has served/non-served the defendant/respondent, then they must complete the affidavit of service and return it to the client via email and U.S. Mail/client’s instructions. Some clients might ask one to file the documents with the court clerk’s office.

What are the different types of service of process, and how does a process server from a private investigation agency factor into the equation?

Anyone wishing to know more about the different types of service of processes, including that which they take part in, will find the answers in the question/answer below.

What court documents must process servers serve personally?

It is vital that they first determine which documents they must serve personally and which are okay to serve via substitute service or by posting a copy to the front door and mailing another copy of them to the same address via certified mail. If they get the manner of service wrong, it can easily screw up the case.

Personal Service: They must serve all documents from states that include but are not limited to Texas and Florida, as well as any subpoenas, victim protection orders (VPOs), indirect contempt citations, and hearings on assets issued out of the State of Oklahoma, via personal service only. This means they must physically hand the papers directly to the defendant/respondent and no one else.

Substitute Service: In this instance, they may serve most legal documents from most states by merely leaving the papers with anyone who resides at the residence of the defendant/respondent who is also over the age of fifteen-and-a-half (15 ½). As noted above, substitute service is not permitted for any legal documents that certain states have issued, as well as a small handful of papers issued by the State of Oklahoma.

Substitute service is not allowed upon individual defendants/respondents at non-residential locations, but they may often serve businesses and governmental agencies at their place of business via substitute service.

 Posting/Nail and Mail:    In some limited circumstances, they are allowed to post the court documents to the front door. This most commonly occurs when he/she serves eviction papers, notices to pay or quit, or when a judge has specifically ordered that he/she has special permission to do so. However, posting or “nail and mail” service of a process often comes with limitations or even a prohibition on the collection of monetary damages, and they may also have to mail the legal papers via certified mailing to the same address where she/he/they posted the documents on the front door.

Certified Mailing: Clients may also serve court documents by mailing a copy of them to the individual, governmental agency, or business that is the defendant/respondent in the case. This method of service of process is inexpensive and can sometimes work quickly if the person, business, or governmental agency is willing to sign for them. However, in most cases, only a tiny fraction of individuals and only a small number of businesses will sign for the certified mailing, thus wasting clients’ time and money. When it comes to evictions, sending the summons and petition for forcible entry and detainer is a necessity, whenever the expert posts the documents to the front door and takes a picture of them for the court. If the individual or business signs for the eviction papers, then the courts consider it as personal service as noted above. If the defendant/respondent fails to sign the documents, then the plaintiff/petitioner must either serve the defendant/respondent via another method or in the case of evictions will be eligible for a “property possession” judgment only.

Service by Sheriff’s Deputy: The State of Oklahoma also authorizes a sheriff’s deputy or even the sheriff herself/himself/themselves to serve court papers just like a process server from a private detective agency. The State of Oklahoma considers both methods of service of process equal.

A sheriff or sheriff’s deputy, however, goes out to serve papers in uniform that often scares defendants/respondents away and usually only makes one (1) or two (2) attempts at service of process whereby most process servers make at least three (3) to four (4) attempts or more, and unlike a process server may intentionally not even serve the individual if she/he/they know(s) them and does not wish to risk political backlash.  

What happens if a defendant tries to hide from a process server?

Defendants/respondents try to hide from them all the time, but few, if any, ever succeed on a long-term basis. They have a plethora of tricks up their sleeves to find even the most elusive defendants/respondents and get them served. 

What happens if a defendant/respondent refuses to accept the legal documents from a process server at a private investigation agency?

Fortunately for them, defendants/respondents do not have to “accept” documents served upon them by one. Indeed, he/she may simply leave the legal papers at the person’s feet and walk away.  Yes, it really is that easy.

Indeed, if the State of Oklahoma required them to get defendants/respondents to “agree” to accepting service of process, sign for the documents, or even touch the papers, then no official would ever get anyone served. Fortunately for them, this simply is not the case.

Just to help combat mischievous defendants/respondents who falsely try to claim that they did not serve them, many will often wear shirt cameras or use dashcams to help prove that the service of process did indeed take place. That way if a defendant/respondent tries to claim that they did not serve the respondent/defendant, then they can simply show the judge the video/pictures to reveal the truth. 

Can the police charge a process server with trespassing?

If a clown farted in a forest and no one was there to hear it, would anyone care? The sentence preceding this one reflects the same attitude that they feel about the question in bold directly above. Cops just get in the way of them. No one gives two flying rat farts what cops think or do. Next question, please.

Do process servers also work as private detectives?

Yes, many simultaneously work as private investigators. Much of the work is similar, from skip tracing to finding people, waiting and watching, and more. Working a dual role as a process server and a private detective often provides more work experience and income opportunities for our staff at our private investigation agency.

What hours is a process server allowed to serve court documents to others?

The State of Oklahoma does not place any legal time limitations on them for the service of process in Oklahoma. Thus, they may serve legal documents upon defendants/respondents twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.

Most typically only try to serve court documents from about six (6) or seven (7) in the morning until about ten (10) o’clock at night when defendants/respondents are awake to answer the door. Besides, going out when it is dark may possibly increase the chances of harm coming to one. 

Do process servers have dangerous jobs?

Yes, they have extremely dangerous occupations, even though serving court papers usually goes off without a hitch. However, it goes without saying that news story after news story shows how people not – not even the ones getting served, have murdered sheriff’s deputy after sheriff’s deputy and have killed or attempted to murder Mustang process server after process server. Even vicious dog attacks on them have occurred. 

As mentioned earlier, most of the time they can serve court documents and other legal papers with no problem whatsoever or at least no mortal injuries. However, every one should take into account just how dangerous a field process serving is, prior to obtaining an Oklahoma process server license.

What kind of salary do process servers earn?

They can make a nice salary, if they are fast, quick, and work hard. Indeed, clients typically pay them on a per serve basis, and most have a set number of attempts they will try a particular serve for the given fee.

Indeed, most times they will make approximately three (3) to four (4) attempts on service to one defendant at one address, unless the location is extremely remote and then it may only be one (1) or two (2) attempts without an additional fee from the client. 

He/ She can also offer other services that often coincide somewhat with process serving, such as nationwide skip tracing, as a licensed private investigator, nationwide document retrieval, as a polygraph examiner, and even services as a notary public and as a bodyguard in Oklahoma!

Owners of process serving companies in Oklahoma can also make quite a bit of money, with some grossing over a million dollars ($1,000,000) each year! Yes, a skilled process server who establishes a private investigation agency can indeed earn large sums of money each year. 

What are the best and worst aspects of working as a process server in Mustang, Oklahoma at a private investigation agency?

Like all professions, they can enjoy many benefits and occasional frustrations in the field of process serving. The following is a list of both good and bad sides about working as an expert:

Positive Aspects of Employment as a Process Server:

Downsides of Employment as a Process Server:

  • Very Dangerous Job
  • Few Common Company Benefits (i.e., no Health Insurance, 401K, Sick/Holiday/Vacation Time Off, Etc.)
  • No Unemployment Insurance Benefits
  • No Workmen’s Compensation Insurance Benefits
  • Little Appreciation by the Persons/Companies You Serve Court Papers to
  • Eventual End of Process Serving Profession With Online Service of Process at Some Point
  • Since Much of Process Serving Takes Place in the Evening, They May Not Always Be Home With Their Families in the Evenings.

These are just some of the good and negative aspects of employment as a specialist. If you have more questions about becoming a process server in Mustang, please contact Dr. Makayla Saramosing and/or Vivien Keefe today! 

If your specialists find themselves unable to secure successful service upon a defendant/respondent, must I still pay for service?

Please do not ever ask us this question because it is insulting. Yes, of course, you must still pay if they are unable to secure good service after attempting it. Indeed, once one of our professionals prints out the documents and leaves her/his/their home to go serve them, payment is required. Process serving often requires a substantial amount of printing, mileage, insurance, licensing, fuel, vehicle maintenance, and so much more, and every process server deserves her/his/their due compensation.

Do they offer refunds on service?

No, no, and no. Please do not ask, especially if they have already begun service on your case.

Does your private investigation agency have any employment opportunities for process servers in Mustang, Oklahoma?

Yes, sometimes Dr. Makayla Saramosing and Vivien Keefe, the owners of Oklahoma Judicial Process Servers and Private Investigators, do indeed have openings for highly motivated individuals who wish to find rewarding careers in the legal industry! If you are looking for a fun and exciting career as a process server, a private investigator, a polygraph examiner, a skip tracer, an Oklahoma document retrieval services specialist, a bodyguard, or as a notary public in OKC, then check out our job information board today or contact us here

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