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Process Service Blog

A blog about private service of process and other service of process issues written by Middle Tennessee- Nashville private process server Brad Holton of Holton Services.  Call (615)499-6522 to set up service.

Help - Juvenile Court told me I need to hire a private process server?

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Many of our clients are individual, regular people who the court sticks with getting someone served.  Frequently, we are contacted by people involved in child support or custody matters in the juvenile court who just get told vaguely by the judge that they need to hire a private process server with no other information.  We can help you obtain service of process.

In juvenile court, when you file (or child support services files) your petition, the court clerk will send out your legal documents to the other side via the sheriffs office.  Sometimes, the sheriff will obtain service and everything goes on from there, but many times the sheriff doesn't obtain service and the document comes back vaguely noted that the person can't be found and so the magistrate tells you to find a private process server.  So what do you do now?

Your first step is to find a private process server in your area.  If you are in Middle Tennessee, you can call Holton Services if you need to serve someone who is located in Davidson County, Cheatham County, Robertson County, Sumner County, Rutherford County, Wilson County, or Williamson County.  An employee from Holton Services will talk with you and arrange for payment and pickup or mailing of the legal documents.  Holton Services is a private process service company, so they will then take the documents and attempt to obtain proper service of process on the person.   Unlike the sheriff, you can let Holton Services know important things to help make sure the service of process is completed.  Examples of these things that a private process server can accommodate are people who work odd hours, people who may be avoiding service on purpose.  You can give them work addresses, work schedules, names of other people living in the home they can serve the documents on, pictures in case they are lying about who they are, daycare locations, pickup locations for other children, even if you happen to know they will be hanging out somewhere at a specific time.  A private process server in Middle Tennessee will also be able to arrange for filing of the service return if necessary, as some individuals do not know how to do that on their own.

Private process service does not need to be scary.  If you have been told by the Court in Nashville or other surrounding counties to hire a private process server, call Holton Services and they will help walk you through it and make sure your private process is done properly and in accordance to the laws of Tennessee regarding service of process.


Holton Services provides private process service for individuals as well as attorneys in Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties in Middle Tennessee.  Other counties available upon request.  Call for our flat fee schedule at (615)499-6522.  Let Holton Services work for you!