How to serve legal papers to someone who will not open the door?

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I receive calls all the time from people who are unable to serve their legal papers. The Sheriff's Department and other process servers were unsuccessful.  Everyone knows that you have to serve the papers so that the other party is notified that they are involved in the court action. so some people evade being served by not answering their door.

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Hugo Martin published an article in the Los Angeles Times "Defendants in Disneyland social club lawsuit are evading process servers, lawyer says."




Process Server Story

I was attempting to serve a domestic violence restraining in Sacramento County.  The subject worked during the day so I attempted to serve the documents at night (8:30pm). A large uncovered window was next to the front door. The lights were on inside and I could see the subject sitting on a chair watching TV. 




I knocked on the front door and the subject got up and walked up to the front door. He looked out the peep hole, turned around and went back to his chair. I knocked on the door a few more times. I was unable to serve the subject that night. I eventually was able to serve the subject waiting outside of the courtroom.

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I wonder what steps the process servers took when trying to serve members of the White Rabbit Club. The attorney Patricia Kramer, the attorney for the Sarnos, told Superior Court Judge Ronald Bauer that she was having trouble serving a handful of defendants who she said have been purposely evading process servers by listing false addresses on public records or failing to answer the door for a process server. Kramer said several White Rabbit members were heard last week discussing their efforts to evade process servers on a podcast that was broadcast on a website for Disney social clubs.  "These defendants have been quite diligent in publishing on an audio podcast things about my client, this lawsuit and their intent to evade service," she said, referring to a March 7 podcast.

One of the tactics I utilize to serve a hard to serve is to wait outside their home/business for a few hours. I go early in the morning 6:30am to see if they go the work.

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