How to Stop Process Servers

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Process servers are those who serve defendants with their legal obligation to appear in court. This means that if you are being sued, divorced, have unpaid debts or any other situation where your presence is required in court, you will likely end up speaking with a process server. There are a couple ways to stop process servers, although neone of them removes your obligation from the lawsuit. A process server is just the messenger; if you want to completely remove yourself from obligation then you need to go right to the problem's source.

Settle up your lawsuit. This is the best way to stop process servers because it also removes your obligation to appear in court. So, if you owe money to someone and are being sued, the best way to stop the process server is to pay your creditor back.

Change your routines. The process server cannot serve you unless he finds you and positively identifies you. If you change your routines enough then he will not be able to find you and may eventually give up.

Tell your family members not to accept papers on your behalf. If a process server cannot find you then she can just give your papers to a relative if the relative agrees to take your papers on your behalf.

Be vigilant. If a stranger asks you your name you are under no obligation to tell him what it is. If you are trying to stop a process server, you need to make sure he cannot identify you.


  • Remember that process servers do not represent the lawsuit as a whole. Stopping the process server by making her give up will only delay the lawsuit --- the papers will simply be served through the newspaper or the mail if they cannot find you directly, and the lawsuit will proceed nonetheless.


About the Author

Sam Grover began writing in 2005, also having worked as a behavior therapist and teacher. His work has appeared in New Zealand publications "Critic" and "Logic," where he covered political and educational issues. Grover graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in history.