I keep getting phone calls from a process server staing that they want to verify my address because they want to serve me papers and they left a case number...is there any way that I can look up the case number to see if this is legit
The "case number" may be their internal file number, not the index number, so verifying its legitimacy may be an empty exercise. It sounds like they want to be efficient and not go off on a wild goose chase.
There is usually little point to ducking service--just delaying the inevitable--so you could just as well make an appointment and get the papers.
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Do they mean an index number? If they give you the index number you can verify if the case has been filed, who the parties are and could even go to the courthouse and get a copy of complaint. If the file number refers to their internal tracking system that information will not tell you very much.
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Unless the caller also gave you the court it is very difficult as the case number could be the same in several courts.
You need the INDEX (or DOCKET) number, the year of the case and the name of the Court in which the case is pending. You can take this information with to the Court to check if the case is actually real (in some cases you can also check on-line). The process server should be able to give all this information from the documents he/she is supposedly going to serve you (from the Caption of the case - the heading).
If it is legit, there is no point in hiding from service.
Once you are served, it is best to have an attorney assist you in preparing a response.
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