What’s the Best Approach: Calling or surprising with process service?
Well… “surprising” isn’t the word I really like to use, but I do greatly prefer to deliver court papers when the person isn’t prepared to refuse them. Do you see the subtle difference?
Shocking or “surprising” the person is just asking for trouble so I only truly do that when I have to use a pretext when serving court papers and that almost always means serving a person who has a significant history of refusing the court papers.
Usually my client will give me a heads-up that a pretext may be needed.
After all, you have to remember, a lot of people who you’ll be serving are “friendly” witnesses.
That means “your side” needs them served for technical reasons, but they would show up to testify on behalf of their friend even without being served.
An example might be a passenger who was in the car when there was an auto accident and the passenger is going to be testifying that the other driver came left of center and struck them. See what I mean?
My approach was rarely to call before attempting service on a person. There are exceptions and after an attempt or two where I genuinely miss the person (and they are NOT avoiding service!), I might call just to set a time when he or she will be home.
Private Investigators charge “a lot” for surveillance and there are plenty of reasons for that, but it comes down to this: It’s VERY worth it for the client!
Many times the client can do the math and see exactly how a one-time investment in surveillance will SAVE the monthly money they pay to a worker’s compensation cheat or a custodial parent who isn’t really parenting! You get it, right? I know you do.
By the way… your training works EXACTLY the same way. If you make a one-time investment to learn a P.I. skill that will pay you EVERY MONTH over and over again (like surveillance), then you know it’s totally worth it.
Surveillance is a very (very!) valuable skill to have because so many other investigators are, well… scared to do it and it CANNOT be replaced by Internet searches or other OSINT. But that means all the money is there for the private investigator who will take these cases. P.S. – That’s YOU!
Plus… and don’t miss this… one of the easiest ways to get a private investigator job is to do surveillance work for an established P.I. agency! They’re ALWAYS looking for a qualified applicant to do surveillance.
At ACI Kelly has links and resources you’ll want to check out.
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“… give glory to God.” It just doesn’t get any better than that.
Larry Kaye (That’s me!)
I started out as a part-time security guard wearing a polyester shirt and tugging on doorknobs to make sure they were locked.
I went from there to getting my state private investigator’s license and running my own detective agency for 9 years.
That’s how you pay the mortgage, the cars, the groceries, the whole nine yards! I did it and you can do it too!
I have personally been teaching private investigators for, well… close to 20 years now!
First in at a community college then selling my own courses.
But just recently I’ve put together a training program so thorough that if you take this training you will pass your state licensing exam or I will refund every penny you paid. No one else would dare make you that promise with their private investigator “school”. No one!