No matter if you’re filing pro-se or working with an attorney to have papers served, it’s important to provide as much information about the named party as possible. Some of the simplest details can help when preparing papers to be served. While process servers frequently turn to Facebook and other social media sites in order to collect information that could assist in finding their subject, new privacy measures have decreased that ability. This means that the more information received, the greater chance there is to successfully complete the service.  

The most important details about the named party include:

  • Place of employment
  • Hours worked
  • Apartment or unit number
  • Anyone else living with them
  • Make and model of their vehicle
  • Current or recent photograph

Why do I need to provide this information? Isn’t it your job to find them?

In many cases, locating and obtaining additional information can increase expenses incurred by the process server. They are spending additional time to do investigative work so they are compensated accordingly. Not only does providing the information upfront save you a couple extra dollars, it allows for the server to use the details to obtain service in a more timely manner.

In Illinois, civil process documents are allowed to be served at a place of employment, as long as the employer allows it. There is often a corporate policy in place so a process server will be able to know if service is allowed. While a Summons and Complaint in Forcible Entry and Detainer pertains to the notice of evicting someone, these papers can be served upon the defendant no matter where they are at the time of service.

What’s your situation?

Depending on what type of papers are being served, process servers can work with you to further ensure process of service is effectuated.

If you’re filing for a Summons and Petition for Dissolution of Marriage, process servers are often willing to work with the plaintiff in order to further their chances of serving the defendant.  If you’re willing to provide your phone number, the process server can communicate with you as to when they will be attempting service so that you do not have to be present at the residence, or you can give further information if you know the defendant’s whereabouts.

Sometimes a spouse can be evasive, and the only time you think successful service will occur is when they are picking children up at school or home. Some parents are willing to work with the server so that service can be done at such times.  If you are not comfortable with a potentially upsetting situation occurring in front of your children, work with the process server to tell them when the spouse is heading home and when a possible attempt is recommended. Process servers can’t necessarily drop everything they are doing (they might be out on another job and not near that location), but with as much notice as possible, there is the potential that they can help the situation.

Interested in learning about preparing documents for service or need papers served? Visit Stewart Civil Process to learn more and connect with us!


By: Sarah Masa-Myers